NYC Tortilla Plant Owner Gets Jail in Worker Dough-Mixing Machine Death

A worker at the Brooklyn tortilla plant died in January 2011 when he was sucked inside the mixer

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013  |  Updated 8:10 AM EDT
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NYC Factory Owner Gets Jail in Worker Dough Mixer Death

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The owner of a Brooklyn tortilla factory where a worker died after falling into a dough mixing machine has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Erasmo Ponce had pleaded guilty last June to underpaying staffers, falsifying records and violating worker's compensation laws.

A worker at Ponce's Tortilleria Chinantla died in January 2011 when he was sucked inside the mixer.

The death caught the attention of state regulators, who discovered the labor violations.

In addition to Monday's jail sentence, Ponce was ordered to pay nearly $450,000 in restitution.

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