Both parties in a criminal trial that accused a developer and real estate director of not properly removing and disposing of dangerous asbestos products have pled guilty and each now face up to five years in prison.
The Kansas City Star reported that it first uncovered asbestos violations that were taking place at the city’s Citadel Plaza retail project in 2006 when it noticed that homes with asbestos products had been demolished without the proper permits being obtained.
The houses had been demolished to make way for a 35-acre shopping center. However, the construction process became delayed, and allowed areas to become contaminated with asbestos materials that had been dumped in nearby woods.
The asbestos contamination eventually led to the filing of a lawsuit against William M. Threatt Jr., a developer for the project, and real estate director Anthony Crompton. Both were accused of improperly removing asbestos materials between 2001 and 2006 while overseeing the project.
Last year Crompton pled guilty to failing to inspect the structures that were being demolished for asbestos, and for failing to properly remove asbestos from the site. The Star recently reported that Threatt had entered a guilty plea as well for dialing to properly remove and dispose of asbestos materials.
Neither Threatt nor Comption have been sentenced yet. They each face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos because of someone else’s negligence, contact Sokolove Law today to learn more about potentially pursuing an asbestos lawsuit.