SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) â€” A grandfather who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the fall of his young granddaughter from an 11th-story window of a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico was sentenced Monday to three yearsâ€™ probation, according to justice officials.
Salvatore â€œSamâ€ Anello, of Valparaiso, Indiana, had pleaded guilty in the case in October 2020. Defense attorney Michael Winkleman has said Anello would serve probation in his home state.
Anello was aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruisesâ€™ Freedom of the Seas ship with family in July 2019 when the death occurred. He has said he did not know the window in the childrenâ€™s play area was open and that he lifted 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand up to it so she could knock on the glass as she had done at her brotherâ€™s hockey games.
The girlâ€™s parents sued Royal Caribbean in a civil case that is still ongoing.