|By ROB ASBELL
News Staff Writer
Two former executives of LCP Chemicals-Georgia Inc.
were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Brunswick Wednesday, but the
sentence for a third executive will wait.
On Jan. 15, a jury found the three men guilty of
illegally storing and releasing hazardous materials and endangering workers
at the plant.
Christian Hansen Jr., the former CEO and founder of
the Hanlin Group which owned LCP, was sentenced to 108 months in prison
followed by two-years supervised release, a $20,000 fine and $2,050 special
Hansen was also ordered to pay a $250,000 bond.
His attorney asked that he be placed at a
correctional facility at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina.
Alfred R. Taylor, a former plant manager, was
sentenced to 78 months in prison to be followed by two-years supervised
release and a $1,000 special assessment. Taylor was also ordered to pay a
$50,000 bond within one week.
His attorney asked that he be placed at the
correctional facility in Jesup.
Both men have 10 days to appeal the sentences. They
must report to prison in 30 days.
The judge postponed the sentencing of Hansen's son,
Randall, who was the Hanlin Group's chief operating officer.
Character witnesses were called to testify for
Randall Hansen, including his wife, who compared him to the character George
Bailey in the movie "It's a Wonderful Life."
Defense attorney John Ossick Jr. told the judge that
Randall Hansen had joined the company to help his father and had made
attempts to find money to solve the plant's problems.
"He was a young man and he was in way over his
head," said witness Robert Warren, vice-president of a Christian college in
U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Alaimo read a list
of people who had sent letters supporting Randall Hansen and commented that
he could see no way to deviate from sentencing guidelines.
The judge then suddenly rose and made an
"I'm not going to impose sentence on Randall Hansen
today. I'm going to think about it," he said before leaving the courtroom.
A new date for sentencing has not been set.
In asking for a lenient sentence, Taylor's attorney
argued that his client acknowledged his actions but did not know it was
"We don't argue that he told them to get rid of (the
hazardous materials). We argue that he did not tell them to illegally dump
it," Malcolm MacKenzie told the judge.
Assistant U.S. Attorney William McAbbee argued that
under Taylor's management, "almost 1 million gallons per day was
under-reported to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division."
Alaimo noted environmental officials in charge of
the cleanup at the plant had lauded Taylor's assistance; however,
prosecutors pointed out that Taylor had been paid $30 per hour to help in
Christian Hansen told the court he had many regrets
for what had happened and apologized for the plant's environmental record.
The Brunswick plant was closed in 1994 shortly after
the state Department of Natural Resources revoked its operating permits.
The site was then placed on the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's Superfund list and a $55 million cleanup began.
Three other LCP officials were sentenced by Alaimo
D. Brent Hanson, the plant's former environmental
manager, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined $5,000.
James Christopher Dunn, a former assistant
production manager, was sentenced to nine months in prison.
Former production manager Wilbur Duane Outhwaite was
sentenced to 10 months of house arrest and five years probation.