Four Costa Concordia crew members and a company official were sentenced to jail in Italy for their part in the 2012 cruise ship disaster that killed 32 people, leaving only the captain still on trial, reports Reuters.
The five received sentences of between 18 and 34 months for multiple manslaughter, negligence and shipwreck - relatively short terms for the crimes, in exchange for pleading guilty.None of the five are likely to be jailed as the sentences of under two years were suspended and the longer ones may be replaced with house arrest or community service, say Reuters citing lawyers.
The court gave the crisis coordinator for vessel owner Costa Cruises, Roberto Ferrarini, the lengthiest sentence of two years, 10 months, followed by cabin services manager Manrico Giampedroni who was given two-and-a-half years. Three others including first officer Ciro Ambrosio were given suspended sentences of under two years.
Captain Francesco Schettino, 52, remains on trial for manslaughter and causing the loss of his ship. He is also seeking a plea bargain to reduce a possible jail sentence.