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Sentencing set for Queen of the North officer convicted in passengers' deaths

June 21, 2013 - 1:00 AM

VANCOUVER - A sentencing hearing is scheduled today for a mariner who was convicted of criminal negligence causing the deaths of two passengers aboard the Queen of the North passenger ferry.

Karl Lilgert was convicted last month for the deaths of passengers Gerald Foisy and Shirley Rosette, who haven't been seen since the ferry struck an island and sank off B.C. in March 2006.

The jury rejected Lilgert's claims that he was doing everything he could to navigate the ferry through rough weather and with unreliable equipment.

The four-month trial heard the intimate details of Lilgert's affair with the other crew member on the bridge that night, quartermaster Karen Briker.

The night of the sinking marked their first time working together since the affair ended, but both insisted there were no hard feelings and the relationship had nothing to do with what happened.

Lilgert's lawyer has indicated he plans to file an appeal over what he claims were errors in the judge's instructions to the jury.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2013
The Canadian Press

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