Former TV skipper gets jail in fatal Alaska crash

January 19, 2012 - 4:25 PM

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska fishing captain who led a crew on the program that spawned the cable TV show "Deadliest Catch" will serve five years in prison for a fatal crash.

The Peninsula Clarion reports (http://bit.ly/y4gXvG ) 60-year-old Clarence "Ole" Helgevold Jr., of Soldotna, was sentenced Wednesday.

He was originally charged with manslaughter in January 2011 when his car crashed with a snowmobile driven by George Larion, who was thrown from the snowmobile and died.

Under terms of an agreement, Helgevold pleaded guilty to reduced charges in May. He will serve 4 1/2 years for criminally negligent homicide and six months for driving under the influence.

Helgevold was captain of the Arctic Dawn, the vessel featured in a 2004 three-part miniseries "America's Deadliest Season," which was effectively a pilot for "Deadliest Catch."

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Information from: Peninsula Clarion, http://www.peninsulaclarion.com