Costa Concordia Captain Found Guilty in Fatal Shipwreck, Sentenced to 16 Years

February 11, 2015 7:05 PM

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The verdict came after a 19-month-old trial in which Schettino, 54, accused of causing the Jan. 13, 2012 shipwreck near the Italian island of Giglio, had been charged with multiple counts of manslaughter and abandoning ship before all 4,200 passengers were evacuated.

Investigators had harshly criticized Schettino's handling of the crash, accusing him of bringing the vessel too close to shore when it struck rocks off the Tuscan island, tearing a hole in its side and causing the death of 32 people.

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