Captain in South Korea Ferry Tragedy Sentenced to 36 Years in Prison

November 11, 2014 7:48 AM

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Captain in South Korea Ferry Tragedy Sentenced to 36 Years in Prison

The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank in April, killing 304 people, was sentenced in South Korean district court today to 36 years in prison, with the ferry’s chief engineer receiving a 30-year sentence.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for 68-year-old captain Lee Joon-Seok and three other main crew members for neglecting responsibility to rescue passengers, many of whom were high school students on a field trip. The 15 crew staffers were the first ones to escape when the Sewol ferry started...

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