Nearly a year and a half after the terrible Costa Concordia disaster in Italy, the captain of the vessel has finally been ordered to stand trial for manslaughter regarding his role in the accident that left 32 people dead. The captain has been publicly vilified for his role in allegedly causing the wrongful death of some of his passengers, including two Americans, but has yet to face any criminal allegations.
Despite the claims that are being made against him, the captain would only face up to 20 years in prison if he were to be convicted. He and his legal team had attempted to seek a plea bargain, but officials in the case rejected it. However, plea bargains for several other officers from the ship as well as an official from the cruise line did have their plea bargains accepted.