Owner of Bellaire Bridge Sentenced to 30 Days in Prison


The owner of the of the Bellaire Bridge, who was found guilty of criminal contempt in federal court was sentenced Friday in Columbus.

Lee Chaklos was sentenced by Judge Algenon Marbley to 30 days in federal prison along with a $2,500 fine, according to court records. Chaklos was immediately taken into custody.

Chaklos was accused of reporting false financial documentation and taking investment money of more than $2 million intended for the bridge.

He was found guilty in November 2014.

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The bridge, which has not been in use in decades, was set to be demolished in the summer of 2013, but was held up when an agreement could not be reached between Chaklos and the City of Benwood in West Virginia.

Benwood Police Chief Frank Longwell said that this was an unfortunate situation, but it doesn’t resolve the situation with the bridge, but they will continue on with plans to remove the eyesore.

There is still no date on when the bridge will be demolished.

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