He was charged with negligent homicide in October.
When initially offered a plea deal in December, he strongly maintained his innocence and said he didn't want to make a deal with prosecutors but had not completely ruled it out, according to his defense attorney Jose Perez.
Michael Winkleman, an attorney for the Wiegand family, said Tuesday that Anello filed paperwork to agree to change his plea to guilty in return for probation that would be served in South Bend, Indiana, where the family is from, according to NBC News.
He could have received a three-year prison sentence if he had been convicted in the case.
Salvatore Anello, left, was holding 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand when she fell through an open 11th-floor window aboard the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas on July 7. He was charged with negligent homicide in October.
“This decision was an incredibly difficult one for Sam and the family, but because the plea agreement includes no jail time and no admission of facts, it was decided the plea deal is in the best interests of the family so that they can close this horrible chapter and turn their focus to mourning Chloe and fighting for cruise passenger safety,” he said, according to ABC News.
The Wiegands filed a federal lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises in December, alleging the company was at fault.
But the cruise line in January produced video evidence that it said showed Anello knew the window was open.
The court filing stated, “The only reasonable conclusion from the video is that Mr. Anello knew the window was open before picking up Chloe. He nonetheless lifted the child over the wooden rail and the open window for a considerable period, recklessly endangering her life. There was no ‘hidden danger’ — Mr. Anello knew the window was open.”
A hearing date for the change of plea has not yet been scheduled.