Prosecutors accused the men of "professional smuggling of people resulting in death."
The court in Traunstein near the Austrian border today sentenced the 27-year-old main defendant to four years in prison for organizing the boat that was to take Syrian refugees from Turkey to the island of Lesbos.
The boat struck a freighter shortly before reaching shore, killing 13 people. Two children are still missing. Judges sentenced the man who drove the boat to two years in prison.
A third man, who acted as a liaison for families, received a two-year suspended sentence. The three defendants had come to Germany as refugees themselves.
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