Meat packing employee charged with manslaughter in death of coworker
A Rockford, Ill. man faces criminal charges in connection with an incident that resulted in a co-worker’s death at a Hampshire meat plant. Kane County prosecutors have charged 27-year-old Ler Htoo with involuntary manslaughter, a Class 3 felony, in the Aug. 2, 2017, death of 22-year-old Ai Moo Say of Rockford. Both men were employed at the Malcolm Meats/Buckhead Beef plant in Hampshire, reports the Daily Herald.
The Kane County State’s Attorney alleges that on Aug. 2, 2017, Htoo, acting recklessly, threw a meat knife at Ai Moo Say, striking him and causing an entry wound near his heart, resulting in his death, states the Kane County Attorney’s Office.
The judge set Htoo’s bail at $100,000 with 10 percent ($10,000) to apply for bond, and set his initial court appearance for 9 a.m. Aug. 18, 2017, in front of Circuit Judge John A. Barsanti in Courtroom 319 at the Kane County Judicial Center. If he is released on bond, Htoo is not permitted near the scene of the alleged offense. Htoo remains in custody at the Kane County jail.
If convicted, Htoo would face a sentence of probation or between 2 and 5 years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Source: Office of the Kane County State’s Attorney, Daily Herald