June 22, 2006
GEORGE’S COUNTY MAN SENTENCED
FOR DUMPING LARGE QUANTITIES OF CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS IN CHARLES
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.
announced today that a demolition contractor from Prince George’s
County has been given a five year suspended sentence, which was
by the granting of a probation before judgment, for illegal dumping.
Forrest S. Holt, 41, of 5901 Middleton Lane, Camp Springs, Maryland
was convicted on May 11, 2006 by a jury in the Circuit Court for
Charles County. The conviction resulted from Holt directing his
drivers to haul construction and demolition debris from his commercial
yard on Eads Street in Seat Pleasant, to a property on Masons Crossing
Road in Waldorf where it was dumped in April and May of 2005.
Judge Amy J. Bragunier, who presided over the two-day jury trial,
also imposed a $25,000 fine, $20,000 of which was suspended and
placed Holt on three years probation. As a special condition of
probation, he was ordered to remove the demolition debris from
14600 Masons Crossing Road and to provide proof of its proper disposal
by September 30, 2006. The two owners of the land have also been
charged for allowing the dumping to occur. Their cases are still
pending in the Circuit Court for Charles County. The statutory
maximum sentence for dumping is five years in jail and up to $30,000
This conviction follows a joint investigation conducted by the
Environmental Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General
and the Maryland State Police with the assistance of the Maryland
Department of the Environment, Solid Waste Division.