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Baltimore landlord sentenced for lead-paint violations

A landlord who manages about 175 rental units throughout Baltimore has been sentenced to a year in prison for lead-paint violations.

Federal officials say 69-year-old Cephus R. Murrell of Catonsville was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison.

A landlord since 1974, authorities say Murrell and his company had been issued more than 20 lead-paint violation notices or compliance orders over the years by city health or state environmental agencies.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement that Murrell placed children at risk of permanent injuries by violating federal law and ignoring repeated orders to comply with lead-paint regulations.