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Boat thief sent to prison

MAY 15 — A Michigan man was sentenced in April to serve at least 18 months in state prison for stealing a $2 million yacht numerous times and crashing it.

Kristopher K. Dorn, 33, of St.ClairesShores, was also ordered to pay $19,790 to the boat’s owner, lottery winner Larry Ross, according to his sentencing disposition. Dorn posed as Ross’ nephew to gain access to the 55-foot Viking and took groups of people on cruises aboard it.

Dorn was arrested last June 19 after someone at the Jefferson Beach Marina — where the boat was berthed — noticed that the boat was missing and contacted Ross. Coast Guard officials found the boat damaged off the St. Clair River, near Port Huron.

Yacht owner Ross, who split a $363 lottery prize in 2000, said repairs to the boat cost about $40,000 but that he was most upset about missing “45 days of vacation” aboard the boat, according to news reports.

Authorities are reportedly investigating another person’s potential involvement, reports say. Dorn apparently told investigators that he was paid by another man to take people for the cruises.

Jason Fell