The owner of a tortilla factory in East Williamsburg has been sentenced to 90 days in prison and ordered to pay $450,000 in restitution following a deadly accident at his facility in 2011. According to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Erasmo Ponce, owner of Tortilleria Chinantla, pleaded guilty to violating worker's compensation and wage laws after investigators found his company's policies weren't up to date at the time of the accident.
In January of 2011, 22-year-old Juan Baten was pulled into a dough mixing machine and his neck was broken, killing him almost instantly. Because Ponce failed to have worker's compensation insurance—a felony in New York State—Baten's baby daughter and girlfriend were left with nothing. Ponce was eventually arrested in March of 2012 and charged with 26 felony counts and 23 misdemeanors and the factory was fined over $62,000 for failing to install a safety guard on the machine that killed Baten.
DNAinfo reports that Ponce will serve his jail sentence at Rikers on the weekends—yes, that's a thing—and the factory will remain operational.