The owner of a gunpowder plant where an explosion shook nearby buildings and killed two workers was convicted on Wednesday of negligent homicide and manslaughter.
Craig Sanborn owned the Black Mag plant in Colebrook, where the 2010 explosion killed 56-year-old Donald Kendall, of Colebrook, and 49-year-old Jesse Kennett, of nearby Stratford.
The force of the explosion rattled buildings and sent plumes of black smoke into the air. Dozens of homes were evacuated, and firefighters couldn't get close to the burning site for several hours because ammunition was exploding.
Prosecutor John McCormick argued that Sanborn, who was found guilty by a jury in Coos County Superior Court, had been motivated by profits.
"Obviously, we're pleased the jury came back with guilty verdicts and that justice was done for the victims' families," McCormick said after the verdict......