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judgeThe Toledo, Ohio Landlord who pleaded “no contest” to homicide charges after a generator he installed caused the deaths of four tenants was sentenced in court last week.

The judge sentenced the man to six months in jail, three years probation, and 1,000 hours of community service.  He faced a possible sentence of 20 years.

According to a local report, he apologized to the victims’ relatives and expressed remorse for the deaths of the tenants, who he said he had known for nearly two decades.

The landlord allowed the mother and her three children to move into a house with no electricity or heat in late winter.  He explained that he brought in the generator because the family complained of being cold.

Half of all states have passed laws requiring carbon monoxide detectors in rental properties.

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