The Yaroslavl District Court on Wednesday sentenced Vadim Timofeyev, the only defendant in the case involving the crash of the plane carrying Lokomotiv hockey players, to five years in a penal colony settlement, an Interfax correspondent has reported from the courtroom.
Timofeyev, one of the former top officials of the airline Yak Service, which operated the plane, was found guilty of a crime enshrined by Part 3 of Article 263 of the Russian Criminal Code (violation of the rules governing the safe operation of aircraft resulting in the manslaughter of more than two people).
Timofeyev was exempted from punishment under the amnesty timed with the 70th anniversary of the victory.
The state prosecutors had sought six years in a penal colony settlement for the defendant. The hockey players' relatives, who were victims in the case, had insisted on a suspended sentence.
During his final statement in late August, Timofeyev said he would have preferred to die with the crew than become a defendant. He said he disagrees with the charge and again extended his condolences to the victims' relatives.
The trial of the case began on December 3, 2014.
The Yak-42 carrying the players and coaches of the hockey club Lokomotiv crashed near Yaroslavl on September 7, 2011. The crash killed 37 athletes and seven crewmembers. Board engineer Alexander Sizov survived the crash.
Investigative Committee official Vladimir Markin said, commenting on the sentence, that the investigators have found a cause and effect relationship between the mistakes made by the crew during the aircraft operation and the training of the crew, of which Timofeyev was in charge.
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