MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship will be spending 16 years in an Italian prison.
Francesco Schettino was convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of 32 passengers and crew members.READ MORE: Allina WestHealth's ER, Urgent Care Set To Close Temporarily As Nurses Go On Strike Over Fair Pay
The ship ran aground near Italy in January 2012.READ MORE: 2 Crashes On I-35W Leave 1 Dead
Two of the passengers killed were Jerry and Barbara Heil from White Bear Lake.
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Schettino says he was being sacrificed to safeguard the economic interests of his employer.