(AP Photo/Yonhap, Hyung Min-woo)
(AP Photo/Yonhap, Hyung Min-woo)

The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank in April has been found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison.

FOX News Radio's David Piper reports.

Prosecutors had charged Captain Lee Joon-seok with homicide and called for the death penalty after he and his crew left the sinking Sewol ferry. But the judges acquitted him on that charge. They said he was clearly not the only person responsible. Fourteen other crew members were also jailed.

The captain, who is in his late sixties, accepted in court he would spend the rest of his life in jail. But families of the more than 300 who died when the ferry went down in April, expressed anger at the verdict.

David Piper, FOX News Radio.

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