Prosecutor seeks 26 years for Costa Concordia captain

Prosecutors in Rome are aking for 26 years in prision for the caption of the Costa Concordia.
The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is towed by two tugboats along the Tyrrhenian sea, 30 miles off the coast of Viareggio, Italy, Friday, July 25, 2014. After more than two years since it slammed into a reef along the coastline of Isola del Giglio the wreck has been making its last journey, to the Italian port of Genoa, where it will be scrapped. Thirty-two people died when it hit the reef and started capsizing on Jan. 13, 2012. Credit: AP Photo/Fabio Muzzi

ROME (AP) – Prosecutors have asked a court to convict the captain of the Costa Concordia and sentence him to 26 years in prison for the 2012 shipwreck off Tuscany that killed 32 people, saying the term is hardly excessive given the death toll.

Prosecutor Maria Navarro made the request Monday, saying the trial has proven that Capt. Francesco Schettino “thought only and always about himself.”

Schettino is being tried for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning the Concordia while many passengers and crew members were still aboard. He has said he saved lives by steering the liner toward shore after it ran aground on rocks that weren’t on his charts.

In her closing statements, Navarro accused Schettino of lying from the start and saving his life “without even getting his shoes wet.”

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