ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) The former director of the Commercial Fishermen's Festival in Astoria has been sentenced to almost four years in prison.

A jury last week found Ronald Kay Williams guilty of stealing memorabilia and other items from the festival in late 2011. He was also guilty of tampering with a witness.

Williams was sentenced Tuesday, and the Daily Astorian reports ( ) the sentence handed down by Judge Philip Nelson took into account Williams' past convictions of assaulting a public safety officer and reckless endangerment.

Williams apologized for actions, telling the court: This went all wrong. I wanted to build a festival for this community.

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