The captain of the capsized Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Francesco Schettino was handed a 16-year prison sentence on Wednesday 11th February 2015, having been convicted of multiple counts of manslaughter.
Francesco Schettino was not present in the makeshift Court set up in the islands small Grosseto Theatre when Judge Giovanni Puliatti delivered the verdict from the bench of three Judges.
Earlier the former Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino broke down and sobbed his way though an emotional justification claiming the worlds' media and ships owners had misrepresented him, over the last 3 years. His "head was sacrificed" to safeguard economic interests, he then broke down in tears immediately before the three Judges retired to reach their verdict.
He had been accused of manslaughter, causing the January 13th, 2012 capsize near tiny Giglio Island and then abandoning the cruise ship, well before the majority of the 4,200 passengers and crew were rescued, and many still trapped on board.
Due to the lengthy appeals process in Italy, which can last many years, it is currently doubtful if the former Captain will ever physically be confined in jail.
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