Four convicted in L’Aquila quake case

AFP-JIJI

Three Italian builders and a technician were found guilty Saturday of multiple manslaughter after a dormitory collapsed during an earthquake in the town of L’Aquila in 2009, killing eight students.

Bernardino Pace, Pietro Centofanti and Tancredi Rossicone, who carried out restoration work on the house in 2000, were each given four years behind bars.

The prosecution had accused them of weakening the 1960s building further.

Pietro Sebastiani, a technician for Adsu, the university housing body that had been asked to check the dormitory a week before the deadly quake and had declared it safe, was sentenced to 2½ years in jail.