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Italian Cruise Ship Captain to be Tried for Manslaughter

The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which capsized last year killing 32 people and leaving dozens injured, will face trial for abandonment of his ship, causing a shipwreck, and multiple counts of manslaughter, among other charges. Captain Francesco Schettino abandoned the ship while its roughly 4,200 passengers and crew members were still on board.

The Costa Concordia hit a reef off the Italian island of Giglio, causing the ship to take on water. Schettino initially claimed that he accidently fell off the ship in the aftermath of the crash, but an Italian judge has determined there is enough evidence to prove he voluntarily left; Schettino continues to deny the charges.

The trial is set to begin in July. If convicted, Schettino could face up to 20 years in prison.

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