Costa Concordia Captain Sentenced to 16 Years for His Role in Shipwreck

(Bloomberg) — Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino was convicted by an Italian court three years after the cruise liner capsized near the Tuscan coast, killing 32 people.

Schettino, who can appeal the verdict, was sentenced to 16 years for criminal charges including manslaughter. He’s denied any wrongdoing, saying his actions during the disaster saved lives and prevented a worse catastrophe.

Prosecutors had requested a jail term of more than 26 years.

“God have pity on Schettino, because we cannot have any,” prosecutor Stefano Pizza said in his closing arguments last month at the trial in the Tuscan city of Grosseto…