Campbell Gets 15-30 Years in Market Street Building Collapse

- The contractor who struck a cut-rate deal to demolish a building that collapsed on a neighboring thrift store, killing six people, has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison.

The judge says the jury on Friday found 51-year-old Griffin Campbell to be criminally reckless and that he lied to investigators afterward.

Sean Benschop, the man operating the heavy equipment at the site when a towering brick wall fell, was sentenced to seven and a half to 15 years. He testified at trial against Campbell.

Judge Glenn Bronson says the victims suffered slow, agonizing deaths in a crime that shook the city in 2013. He stacked the manslaughter sentences consecutively.

A family member shouted an expletive about the sentence as she left the courtroom, prompting the judge to threaten to arrest anyone else who made an outburst.

 

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