Tugboat operator enters guilty plea in duck boat crash

    Tug mate Matthew Devlin, 35, of Catskill, N.Y. entered an agreement today in which he agreed to plead guilty to the charge of misconduct of a ship operator causing death. The charges stem from the July 2010 Ride the Ducks crash that left two tourists dead.

    Honorable Legrome D. Davis, the presiding judge, went over the plea agreement with Devlin in order to ensure that Devlin wanted to enter a guilty plea and understood what he was doing.  Bond was set at $10,000 and Devlin is to attend a federal pretrial in New York, according to conditions stipulated by the court. Devlin is also not allowed to be in possession of a passport or a firearm.

    A sentencing date was tentatively set for Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. Devlin could face a maximum jail sentence of 10 years and a maximum fine of $250,000, among other possible sentences.

    Look for more details later from Lizz Fiedler.

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