December 10, 2023

By Stefanie Dazio | Related Press

LOS ANGELES — A federal jury on Monday discovered a scuba dive boat captain was criminally negligent within the deaths of 34 folks killed in a hearth aboard the vessel in 2019, the deadliest maritime catastrophe in latest U.S. historical past.

The U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace in Los Angeles confirmed Jerry Boylan was discovered responsible of 1 rely of misconduct or neglect of ship officer, a pre-Civil Warfare statute colloquially generally known as seaman’s manslaughter that was designed to carry steamboat captains and crew liable for maritime disasters. Boylan was the one individual to face legal costs related to the hearth.

He might get 10 years behind bars when he’s sentenced Feb. 8.

Family members of these killed hugged each other and wept exterior the courtroom after the decision was learn. They thanked the FBI case agent who led the investigation.