The ferry Captain who abandoned hundreds of school children when the Sewol capsized and sank off the coast of South Korea in April was sentenced to 36 years in prison on the same day that divers abandoned the search for the bodies of six people still missing.
Lee Jun-Seok was sentenced after a court in the city of Gwangju found him not guilty of murder but convicted him of gross negligence causing death for abandoning the sinking ship with more than 300 passengers on board. The court also sentenced the Sewol’s chief engineer to 30 years after finding him guilty of homicide. The ferry’s first and second mates were given prison sentences of 20 and 15 years respectively. Apparently none of the crew members standing trial were found guilty of murder.
The head of the ferry operator was sentenced to 10 years in prison for manslaughter.