Stanley Yacht Services: UPDATED: Costa Concordia Captain Pleads For Leniency Schettino Claims He's A Scapegoat

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

UPDATED: Costa Concordia Captain Pleads For Leniency
Schettino Claims He's A Scapegoat

UPDATE [2:13 p.m.] Sky News on Twitter Sky News is reporting Capt. Schettino has been found guilty on manslaughter charges, sentenced to 16 years in prison.
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Closing arguments are over and Capt. Schettino's fate is now in the hands of the trial judges. The verdict on manslaughter and abandoning ship charges against the former master of the doomed Costa Concordia may be announced later today. Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino Makes Tearful Plea at Trial
At times sobbing loudly, Schettino peppered his final statement to the panel of judges with claims he has been hounded and persecuted while living in a "media meat grinder" for the past three years. Facing a 26-year prison term, the Italian captain blamed his crew and company policy for the shipwreck which claimed 32 lives. He also asserted he did not intentionally abandon the vessel ahead of fleeing passengers but, rather, fell off and was ordered by the ship's owners not to re-board.

As usual, we'll be standing watch and keeping you updated. In the interim, feel free to let us know your thoughts on Capt. Schettino's case in the comments below.

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