Royal Caribbean Cruise Worker Sentenced for Stabbing

December 13, 2012
(11:45 a.m. EST) -- A former employee of Royal Caribbean has been sentenced to 366 days in federal prison for stabbing his supervisor May 4, 2012, while both worked on Explorer of the Seas.

According to court records, the galley hand, Donny Martin Crisanto, a Nicaraguan national, was in the ship's galley when he stabbed his supervisor, a head kitchen steward, in the forehead and shoulder with a knife. The attack came after an earlier work dispute.

The incident occurred while the ship was operating within the "special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States."

According to a press release from the United States Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey, prior to his sentencing, Crisanto had pleaded guilty to "knowingly and intentionally assaulting another with a dangerous weapon, with intent to do bodily harm, with the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States."

U.S. attorney Paul J. Fishman credited special agents of the FBI and Explorer of the Seas ship security officers with the investigation.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor