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Tug pilot faces prison for ramming stalled boat

A Philadelphia tug pilot who admitted talking on a cellphone as he steered a barge into a tour boat, killing two foreign students, faced more than three years in prison Tuesday at his federal sentencing.

The pilot was consumed by a family emergency and spent most of the hour before the crash on a cellphone and laptop, investigators found. He is seeking probation or house arrest after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the July 7, 2010 duck boat crash.

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