William M. Threatt Jr., 71, admitted he improperly removed and disposed of asbestos between 2001 and 2006 while overseeing the development of the Citadel Plaza.
Threatt, the former president of the Community Development Corporation of Kansas City, and Anthony Crompton, the corporation’s former real estate director, were charged in 2010 with failing to properly inspect for asbestos inside buildings that were scheduled to be demolished as well as failing to remove a large portion of the asbestos.
Crompton pleaded guilty in October and Threatt pleaded guilty on Wednesday.
A sentencing date has yet to be set for either Threatt or Crompton, but both are facing up to five years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.
Asbestos is a mineral found in nature that was previously used in the United States due to its insulating capabilities, durability and strength. However, once it was discovered that asbestos caused several health issues, it was banned in the country. Unfortunately, many people continue to use it or improperly handle it, placing several lives at risk.
Perhaps one of the worst illnesses caused by asbestos is mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs, heart and chest. Mesothelioma can take up to 50 years to develop, making it extremely difficult to both diagnose and treat. Unfortunately, despite advances in modern medicine, there is currently no cure for mesothelioma.
Luckily though, anyone suffering from the disease or who has lost a loved one to mesothelioma has a right to seek legal help. Turn to a mesothelioma lawyer immediately to discuss your options and file a claim.
As an asbestos victim, you may be entitled to thousands, or even millions of dollars in money damages and medical care for your pain and suffering. Your mesothelioma attorney will do whatever it takes to ensure you obtain the maximum compensation possible and will also see to it that those responsible for your disease are held accountable for their actions.