The Associated Press
TACOMA — The owner of a vessel that sank in Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway last year has pleaded guilty to abandoning a derelict vessel and discharging pollution into state waters.
The Washington State Attorney General’s Office says Stephen Mason was sentenced on Thursday to 20 days of confinement and two years of probation. He has been ordered to repay the state $300,000 in restitution. That’s a fraction of the $1.25 million it cost to remove the sunken vessel.
The 167-foot Helena Star sank in January 2013, and became entangled with another ship. It released hundreds of gallons of fuel and oil into the water. After several attempts, the vessel was finally towed in July to a dry dock in Seattle where it was dismantled and recycled.
The attorney general’s office charged Mason in Pierce County District Court in January.