Costa Concordia: Trial Date Set For Captain
A judge in Italy has ordered the trial of the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground in Tuscany last year, killing 32 people.
Francesco Schettino, 52, will be the only defendant in the trial, which will begin on July 9 in the Tuscan town of Grosseto.
Schettino had unsuccessfully attempted to plea bargain with the court earlier this month, when he had requested a sentence of three years and four months.
Italian prosecutors rejected his request.
Five other potential defendants successfully sought plea bargains in their cases, which are now being handled separately, court officials said.
Schettino is charged with manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship while many of the 4,200 passengers and crew were still aboard.
I hope he gets what he deserves and it reflects the loss of life that he was a part of if not solely responsible for.