Captain Of Sunken South Korean Ferry Gets 36 Years In Prison
Despite an acquittal for murder, a South Korean court sentenced the captain of April's sunken ferry disaster to 36 years in prison on Tuesday.By Jay Strubberg | November 11, 2014
Tuesday, a South Korean court sentenced the captain of April's sunken ferry disaster to 36 years in prison, though he was acquitted of murder charges.
After a five-month trial, a three-judge panel found Lee Joon-Seok guilty of willful negligence and abandoning his passengers when his ship capsized April 16, killing more than 300 people.
The ship's chief engineer also received a 30-year sentence and several other crew members will face up to 20 years behind bars for their roles in the devastating wreck.