California boat captain gets prison term for fire deaths of 34 people

(*34*)LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -The captain of a dive boat that caught fire and sank off the California coast in 2019, killing 34 people in a single of the state’s deadliest maritime disasters, was sentenced on Thursday to 4 years in prison for his conviction on a federal cost of seaman’s manslaughter.

(*34*)Jerry Boylan was discovered responsible by a U.S. District Court jury in November on a single rely of “misconduct or neglect of a ship officer” beneath a federal murder statute courting from steamboat accidents of the early 1800s.

(*34*)The felony conviction, capping a 10-day trial, had carried a most penalty of 10 years in prison, in accordance with Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

(*34*)Boylan was captain of the 75-foot dive boat Conception when the vessel went up in flames within the early morning hours of Sept. 2, 2019, whereas anchored in Platt’s Harbor close to Santa Cruz Island, off the Santa Barbara coast, throughout a sport diving journey.

(*34*)(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los AngelesEnhancing by Chris Reese and Leslie Adler)

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