Five Convicted in Costa Concordia Shipwreck

    The Costa Concordia cruise ship lies on its side in the Tuscan Island of Isola del Giglio, Monday, July 15, 2013. Salvage crews are working against time to right and remove the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship, which is steadily compressing down on itself from sheer weight onto its granite seabed perch off the Tuscan island of Giglio. Salvage master Nick Sloane said Monday that the Concordia has compressed some 3 meters (10 feet) since it came to rest on the rocks Jan. 13, 2012 after ramming a jagged reef during a stunt ordered by the captain that cost the lives of 32 people. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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    Over a year and a half after the Costa Concordia disaster, a verdict has been handed down. Although the captain of the ship is being tried separately, five people involved in the accident—two officers, the helmsman, the head of cabin service and the head of the crisis team—were all convicted of manslaughter on Saturday, landing them prison sentences ranging from two years to eight months. In his trial, Captain Francesco Schettino faces multiple charges of manslaughter for causing the wreck and abandoning ship. His trial resumes September 23.

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