Md. Landlord Sentenced For Lead Paint Violations

BALTIMORE (AP) — A landlord who manages about 175 rental units throughout Baltimore has been sentenced to a year in prison for lead paint violations.

Federal officials say Cephus R. Murrell, 69, of Catonsville was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison.

A landlord since 1974, authorities say Murrell and his company had been issued more than 20 lead paint violation notices or compliance orders over the years by city health or state environmental agencies.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement that Murrell placed children at risk of permanent injuries by violating federal law and ignoring repeated orders to comply with lead-paint regulations.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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