This is some of the weirdest honeymoon news we've ever heard. A Florida couple stole a boat from a marina so they could sail it to Cuba and take a secret outlaw honeymoon. Yes, seriously. 46-year old Aaron Burmeister and 32-year old Ashley McNeil wanted a romantic sailing trip to Cuba, and not being able to afford a sailboat wasn't going to stop them.
On paper, the honeymoon plan sounds romantic and wholesome: newlyweds, so committed to their love, quit their jobs to take an epic honeymoon where they'll sail to Cuba. The only problem? The newly-jobless duo couldn't buy their own sailboat. So, they did what any pair of unhinged, love-stricken, felonious maniacs would do, and stole a 40-foot yacht from Lower Keys harbor. Their illegal romantic getaway was prompty handled on the shores of Cuba, where they were quickly arrested. For the next six months, they wallowed in a Cuban jail before being extradited back to the United States to face more of the music.
Specifically, federal agents charged them with conspiracy to transport a vessel in foreign commerce, which could get them thrown into prison for five years each. Feds dropped an additional charge, which could have landed them behind bars for an additional decade.
fothe couple's part, they claim they thought the boat was abandoned. Why anyone would abandon a pristine $350,000 dollar yacht is beyond me, but hey, maybe they're telling the truth. Of course, they also admitted to realizing it wasn't actually abandoned somewhere along the way to Cuba, and decided not to bring it back.
We almost sorta admire them for taking their madness all the way to the bitter conclusion. Let this be a lesson to couples thinking they'll "save some money" on their honeymoon by stealing their way to newlywed bliss!