A New York jury has found construction foreman Wilmer Cueva guilty of criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment in the April 2015 death of a construction worker killed when a trench collapsed on him at a New York City job site.
Carlos Moncayo was the second defendant to be convicted on criminal charges in the case. Prosecutors allege that he had failed to address unsafe working conditions that led to the fatal cave in.
"Prosecutors said Cueva was repeatedly warned about the hazards of an un-shored trench, and testimony indicated he told laborers to work fast because of the cave-in risk," Newsday reported. "The defense argued Cueva himself was an untrained worker with limited English and didn’t understand the risks."