Costa Concordia Captain Gets 16 Years in Jail

The captain of the capsized Costa Concordia cruise liner was found guilty of multiple charges of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison, an Italian court ruled Wednesday. Francesco Schettino was also found guilty of causing a disaster and abandoning ship before all 4,200 were evacuated from the vessel, which went down near the Italian island of Giglio on Jan. 13, 2012, killing 32 people. He will not go to prison until the appeals process is finished, NBC said. Schettino made a tearful plea to judges Wednesday, saying he had lived through a "meatshredding media frenzy" since the disaster. Schettino's defense has argued equipment problems complicated evacuation, and that he wanted to steer the Concordia closer to port.

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