Costa Concordia Captain Found Guilty of Manslaughter

Feb 11, 2015 at 5:48 pm |

Costa Concordia's captain Francesco Schettino arrives in the courthouse for his final declaration on the last day of his trial

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Captain Francesco Schettino, 54, has been found guilty of the fatal shipwreck of the Costa Concordia and has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for manslaughter.

Schettino notoriously abandoned the ship before many of the 4,200 passengers and crew had escaped when it was sinking off the western coast of Italy January 13, 2012.

Prosecutors were seeking 26 years and 3 months, but after the three-judge panel spent eight hours deliberating, they only gave the “reckless idiot” 16 years. The trial itself lasted 19 months.

In this case, the captain may not have gone down with the ship. But hopefully he will learn his lesson in the Davy Jones’ Locker of prisons.

A view of the wrecked ship Costa Concordia after the inspection on January 23, 2014 in Isola del Giglio, Italy.

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With 32 lives lost after the Costa Concordia wrecked in 2012, the captain will pay dearly. Find out how many years in prison he was sentenced!