Earlier this morning in Italy, Judge Pietro Molino handed down convictions to 5 Costa officials and crew members who were deemed to be at blame for the Costa Concordia disaster and the handling of the situation afterwards. The 5 officials and crew were convicted on multiple accounts of manslaughter, causing personal injury, and causing a maritime disaster.
Judge Pietro Molino did accept a plea bargain from the defendants earlier this morning that would require only two of the 5 convicted officials and crew to serve prison time.
The rulings for the convictions are as follows:
Roberto Ferrarini, Costa Cruises’ emergency manager in Genova: 2 years and 10 months in prison.
Manrico Giampedroni, hotel director of the Costa Concordia: 2 years and 6 months in prison.
Ciro Ambrosio, Chief Officer of the Costa Concordia: 1 year and 11 months in prison.
Silvia Coronica, Third Officer of the Costa Concordia: 18 months in prison.
Jacob Rusli Bin, Helmsman of the Costa Concordia: 20 months in prison.
32 people were killed and 150 people were injured in the Costa Concordia disaster. 65 of the injuries were deemed serious and consisted of partial paralysis, amputations, and blindness.
A trial for the Costa Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino, has been delayed until September 23rd for the Italian court system’s summer break. Schettino faces similar charges to his crew and Costa officials, but faces nearly 20 in prison if convicted.