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CEO, project manager get 2 years in jail for carpenter's death at Calif. construction site


MILPITAS, California — A judge is Northern California has sentenced the CEO of a construction company and a project manager to two years in jail each for the death of a carpenter who was buried alive by a dirt wall at a construction site.

The San Jose Mercury News ( reports Monday a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge imposed the minimum jail sentenced to Richard Liu, CEO of US-Sino Investment, Inc., and project manager Dan Luo.

Carpenter Raul Zapata died in 2012 when he was buried by a wall of dirt where Liu's company was building a 5,800-square-foot mansion in Milpitas.

Zapata died three days after city building inspectors had red-tagged the project following heavy rains.

Experts say their convictions and Friday's sentencing capped a rare jury trial in such workplace deaths, which are typically settled through fines.

Information from: The San Jose Mercury News,

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