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November 6, 2005

Probation for S.I. ferry case doctor

William Tursi, 56, was sentenced Friday to a year's probation, six months home confinement and a $5,000 fine.

Tursi is the former doctor of Richard Smith, the Staten Island assistant captain who blacked out prior to the ferry slamming into a pier ion October 15, 2003, resulting in eleven deaths and dozens of injuries.

Tursi failed to disclose Smith's high blood pressure and use of medication on a Coast Guard licensing application he signed in 2000

Tursi could have received up to six months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.