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Fines but no jail time in Rocky River's cyanide dumping case
One defendant is incompetent to stand trial, the other played a minor role
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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No one will be going to jail for dumping cyanide into the Rocky River last year on Earth Day.   The barrel of poison killed some 31,000 fish in Strongsville and the company responsible will pay fines.

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The man who dumped the cyanide was the owner of Kennedy Mint, a company that sells commemorative coins and metals on the internet. The 79-year-old Renato Montrosi was charged with federal crimes but then declared not competent to stand trial due to dementia.

His 75-year-old wife, Teresina Montorsi, was charged with helping hide the evidence.

In U.S. District Court in Akron, Mrs. Montorsi wept as she told Judge Adams, “I don’t know how to say how sorry I am for this mess. I never meant to cause any problem for anyone."

Judge Adams noted that this was her first offense, that she has health problems, and that she is the sole caregiver for her husband. Adams gave her one-year probation and fined her $5,000. U.S. Attorney Brad Beeson supports the sentence because the Montorsis’ company has to pay more than $330,000 in fines.

Mrs. Montorsi could have received up to one year in jail. 

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