An Italian court convicted six Italian scientists and one official of manslaughter Monday for failing to give adaquete warning of an earthquake that killed over 300 people in L'Aquila in 2009, the Los Angeles Times an Chicago Tribune reported.
The three-judge court sentenced each of the defendants to six years imprisonment.
The seven men will appeal the verdict and do not face imprisonment until the verdict is confirmed in appeals court.
The quake, which struck on April 6, 2009, killed 309 people, injured more than 1,500, destroyed about 20,000 buildings and left more than 65,000 people displaced, according to Nature.
Scientists around the world condemned the case, arguing that it will deter scientists from working in risk assessment.