A South Korean court has handed a sentence of 36 years in prison to the captain of a ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people, reports say.
Yonhap news agency cited Gwangju District Court. Officials at the court in southern South Korea could not immediately confirm the report.
The sentences of three other key crew members were not immediately clear.
The four crew members were indicted on homicide and other charges. Prosecutors say their negligence and abandonment of passengers caused the deaths.
Most of the dead were teenage students travelling to a southern island for a school trip.
The captain has apologised for abandoning the passengers but has said he did not know his actions would lead to so many deaths.