Employee sentenced for stealing aluminum from boatbuilder

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A supervisor whose thefts of aluminum nearly bankrupted a Colville, Wash., boatbuilder was sentenced Monday to six years in prison.

Stevens County Superior Court Judge Al Nielson said Chris Boring was “remorseless and relentless” in his theft of 360,799 pounds of aluminum sheet from his employer, Hewes Marine, the Spokesman-Review newspaper reported.

“It boggles the mind” that Boring accepted responsibility for investigating the missing aluminum and then selected other employees for layoffs when the thefts and the recession brought the company to its knees, the judge said.

Boring, 40, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated first-degree theft and aggravated first-degree trafficking in stolen property, and a jury subsequently convicted his wife, 38-year-old Jody Boring, of aggravated second-degree trafficking.

Chris Boring showed little emotion throughout his sentencing hearing, but his wife tearfully outlined a series of tragedies that culminated in what she said was the discovery that she, like her husband’s Hewes Marine colleagues, had been deceived by Chris Boring.

She apologized to the dozen Hewes managers and workers who described how they were affected. She said the company gave her husband a great opportunity and “he squandered every bit of it.”

“Honestly, I am the baddest person sitting here,” Chris Boring said. “I crapped on my family.”

Also, he said, “I did stand in front of 25 people and laid them off” for financial problems he helped create. “I did a horrible act because I was hung up in gambling,” he added.

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