The captain of the Sewol ferry that sank last year, killing more than 300 people, was sentenced to life in prison, a South Korean appeals court ruled Tuesday. Lee Joon-seok received a stiffer sentence after he was convicted on homicide charges—he was initially sentenced to 36 years in prison in November for negligence and abandoning passengers, but was acquitted on homicide charges, said court spokesman Jeon Ilho. The court also sentenced 14 other crew members to between 18 months and 12 years in prison. Prosecutors and crew members have one week to appeal the verdicts.
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