The 16-year prison sentence for Francesco Schettino, former captain of the Costa Concordia was upheld by an Italian appeals court. Francesco Schettino appealed against the sentence handed down in 2015. Schettino was found guilty of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning passengers. The appeals court rejected the prosecutor’s request to extend the term to 27 years.Schettino can appeal. The ruling also bars him from working on a ship for five years. Schettino was sentenced in February 2015 to 16 years and one month in prison after a judge ruled that his recklessness was responsible caused Costa Concordia to hit underwater rocks off the coast of the Tuscan island of Giglio.
In what can only be described as a bizarre legal turn in the Costa Concordia disaster and saga, the Moldovan dancer reported to have been seen having dinner with Captain Francesco Schettino and also reportedly seen on the bridge the night the Costa Concordia ran aground, is now reported to be seeking damages from the captain, the ship’s parent company and media.
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