- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A tugboat captain convicted of felony maritime negligence in a deadly 2005 explosion has been sentenced to six months in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel on Friday also ordered Dennis Egan of Topeka, Illinois, to spend a year of supervised release after completing his prison sentence in the charge involving the death deckhand Alex Oliva.

Authorities said Egan illegally allowed Oliva to use a propane torch to unfreeze a cargo pump. They say that set off an explosion that killed Oliva, sank the barge and dumped 600,000 gallons of oil into the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

Zagel has scheduled a hearing Wednesday to rule on restitution for Oliva’s family.

Egan Marine Corp. was ordered to pay $5.3 million to the National Pollution Funds Center for the spill.

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