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Royal Caribbean Galley Hand Sentenced To Federal Prison After Stabbing Supervisor


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Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. is made up of attorneys who are nationally recognized industry leaders in the field of maritime and admiralty law. Our team of cruise lawyers has well over two centuries of combined experience, has successfully handled over 3,000 cases, and has recovered over 300 million dollars in damages for our clients. Several of our attorneys have even been selected to “Best Lawyers” ® by US News & World Report every year as far back as 2016.

Each cruise injury lawyer at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have experience with the many incidents that take place onboard liners, from accidents like a slip and a fall, to heinous crimes. While many times it is the passenger that is the victim of wrongdoing on the high seas, there are times in which accidents or crimes occur among the crew. Whenever an accident happens on a cruise ship, whether the vessel was at sea or in port, victims have a right to seek legal help. As our attorneys well know, filing a cruise injury case can lead victims to recover damages for their pain and suffering, as well as obtain justice for what has transpired.

While not every cruise crime or accident victim is able to find justice for their incidents, one recent maritime case concluded with the perpetrator getting sentenced to prison. The case involves a galley hand who stabbed one of his supervisors earlier this year on a Royal Caribbean ship that was sailing out of the New York area. The worker was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for the incident.

The judgment was passed by U.S. District Judge William Martini. According to the local U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge Martini sentenced the galley hand, Donny Martin Crisanto, 31, of Nicaragua, during a court appearance in Newark, New Jersey. Crisanto had pleaded guilty to assaulting the supervisor on May 4 in United States waters while working in the galley of Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, a 3,114-passenger ship that sails year-round out of Bayonne, New Jersey. According to court documents, Crisanto approached the supervisor, who was a head kitchen steward, from behind and stabbed him in the forehead and shoulder with a knife. Court documents explain the attack followed a previous falling out between the two men. Crisanto had previously admitted to knowingly and intentionally assaulting the supervisor with a dangerous weapon, with intent to do bodily harm, within the maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. Aside from the prison term, Judge Martini sentenced Crisanto to one year of supervised release.

Since the attack took place in United States waters, the victim can file a case against Crisanto to try and claim compensation for the attack. Especially after Crisanto admitted to knowingly causing him harm, the victim may be able to recover damages and medical expenses for the cruise ship crime. Each cruise injury lawyer at our firm has helped many victims to find justice following an incident. If you or someone you know was hurt while onboard a vessel, turn to us for assistance in filing a claim and protecting your rights. Our attorneys will work diligently to help you recover your rightful damages, so give us a call today to discuss your options in pursuing legal action.

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