5 Costa Concordia Workers Guilty in Wreck: Court

But they may not face jail

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 20, 2013 7:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – Five Costa employees have been found guilty of manslaughter, negligence, and shipwreck in last year's Concordia disaster. Four crew members and the crisis-response director have been sentenced to prison terms between 18 months and two years and 10 months, the BBC reports, but they're unlikely actually to serve time, Reuters notes: The shorter sentences were suspended, while those longer than two years may be appealed or changed to community service. "What will the families of the victims think? This is truly disappointing," says a lawyer for the wreck's victims. Ship captain Francesco Schettino is still on trial. His lawyers this week proposed a guilty plea in exchange for a sentence of three years and five months, Reuters reports.

In this Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 file photo, an Italian firefighter is lowered from a helicopter onto the grounded Costa Concordia cruise ship off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy.
In this Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 file photo, an Italian firefighter is lowered from a helicopter onto the grounded Costa Concordia cruise ship off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, File)
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