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Sentencing for Crushed Salvation Army Building Announced in Philly

Judge Glenn Bronson declares demolition company's owner 'a danger to the community.'

January 13, 2016

Griffin Campbell and Sean Benshcop of Campbell Construction were sentenced January 8 in Philadelphia for their part in the collapse of the Market Street Salvation Army building demolition which caused the death of six people and injury to 14 other in June 2013. The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office said the plaintiff's sentences reflects the nature of their crimes and the suffering of the victims.

Campbell was found guilty of six counts of Involuntary manslaughter, 13 counts of recklessly endangering another person, one count of causing a catastrophe and one count of aggravated assault. He was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison.

Benshop plead guilty to six counts of involuntary manslaughter and the additional charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy, causing a catastrophe and 13 counts of reckless endangerment. Benshop, who testified against Campbell, received a sentence of 7 1/2 - 15 years in prison.

The accident victims were crushed by an unsupported four-story masonry wall on June 5, 2013. The contractor left the walls unsupported because he planned to salvage the interior beams for resale.

Source: EHSToday

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