Costa Concordia Captain Sentenced to 16 Years

An Italian court upheld a 16-year jail sentence for Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that crashed on the Italian coast in January 2012, killing 32 people. Schettino was accused of abandoning the ship before all passengers were able to get to safety. He was sentenced in 2015 after being found guilty of manslaughter. The January 2012 incident occurred off the Tuscan island of Giglio. In addition to the 33 fatalities, 64 people were injured. Friday’s decision means Schettino’s final appeal of his conviction has ended in defeat.