NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


April 12, 2002 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

LAUREL BROTHERS CONVICTED OF ILLEGAL
COMMERCIAL DUMPING IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that two Laurel brothers were convicted for illegal commercial dumping in Prince George’s County. David Holliday, 39, of the 1400 block of Bramble Lane, and Darrell Holliday, 37, of the 1300 block of Briarcroft Lane, both of Laurel, were convicted Thursday of dumping in excess of 500 pounds of various debris in a wooded area off of Church Road in Prince George’s County on August 3, 2000. The defendants had been followed to the dump site after the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Unit developed information that individuals were involved in illegal dumping activities at that location.

The defendants were convicted in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County by Judge Vincent Femia, who sentenced David Holliday to five years to the Department of Corrections, suspended the five-year sentence, placed the defendant on supervised probation for a period of three years, and ordered him to pay a $3,000 fine during the probationary period. Darrell Holliday was also sentenced to serve five-years in the Department of Corrections, which was suspended, and he was further ordered to pay a $2,000 fine during the period of his 18 months of supervised probation.

"Such littering not only destroys the physical beauty of our state but also does significant harm to the health, welfare and safety of its citizens," Attorney General Curran said.

The conviction resulted from a joint investigation of the Office of the Attorney General, Maryland Department of the Environment, Prince George’s County Health Department and the Maryland State Police into the unlawful disposal of solid waste in Prince George’s County. The defendants each faced a maximum penalty of up to five years in jail and/or a $25,000 fine.

By law, the dumping, depositing, throwing or leaving of any litter on any public or private place is prohibited unless such property is designated by the State, one of its agencies or one of its subdivisions as a disposal site for such litter. The Church Road property is not an authorized state or county disposal site.

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