Captain in Korean ferry disaster sentenced to 36 years

November 11, 2014 8:31 AM

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Tuesday handed a 36-year prison sentence to the captain of a sunken ferry, saying he was professionally negligent and abandoned his passengers during the disaster in April that killed more than 300 people.

The chief engineer got 30 years, and 13 other crewmembers were sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, Yonhap news agency and other South Korean media reported, citing the Gwangju District Court in southern South Korea.

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