- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - The owner of a boat that sank last summer in the Columbia River near the Tri-Cities was sentenced to 20 days in jail.

The Washington attorney general’s office and Benton County prosecutor’s office say Brandon Traner pleaded guilty Wednesday in Kennewick to abandoning a derelict vessel and polluting state waters. He’ll also have to pay restitution, which will be determined at hearing September.

KVEW reports (https://bit.ly/1pG18Fm) Traner’s vessel, called the Forus, sank in the middle of the Columbia River in July 2013 with fuel and of motor oils on board.

The state spent more than $100,000 to remove and dispose of the Forus.


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