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Philadelphia Contractor Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter

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Frank Hoffman2 years ago

Reuters reports that Philadelphia contractor Griffin Campbell was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter due to his negligence in a building demolition which resulted in the deaths of six people.

Details of the Botched Building Demoltion

Campbell was in charge of a building demolition in a Philadelphia neighborhood in June 2013.

Due to what Prosecutors say was “cutting corners”, Mr. Campbell’s project resulted in bricks and lumber falling onto a nearby business, killing six people and seriously injuring a dozen more.

One of these injuries resulted in a women requiring a double leg amputation after she was trapped in rubble for more than 12 hours.

Contractor Turned Down Plea Deal

Sean Benschop, a 44-year-old equipment operator, was also criminally charged in the incident. Mr. Benschop accepted a deal in which he pleaded guilty to six counts of involuntary manslaughter and faces up to 20 years in prison, Mr. Campbell declined to accept the same deal.

Campbell’s attorney maintains that the city of Philadelphia should accept more responsibility for the demolition regulations which his client was following. Despite this Campbell was found guilty by the jury and awaits his July sentencing.

The contractor faces up to 91 years in prison.


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