High Bail Set For Building Collapse Crane Operator - FOX 13 News

High Bail Set For Building Collapse Crane Operator

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

Bail was set at more than $1.5 million Wednesday morning for the man who was operating an excavator during the deadly building collapse earlier this month in Center City.

Sean Benschop, 42, is charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 13 counts of reckless endangerment, and causing a catastrophe in the June 5 collapse at 22nd and Market streets.

Benschop allegedly had pain killers and marijuana in his system at the time.

He was in court Wednesday for what was supposed to be a preliminary hearing. But the hearing itself has been postponed until Sept. 17, and it's expected to be "a protracted matter."

FOX 29's Steve Keeley reported from the courthouse Wednesday morning that Benschop's wife was in court with him.

The head of the Homicide Unit for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office handled the case and argued against bail, saying Benschop was a flight risk. He has allegedly used five or six different names and birth dates during prior arrests.

An issue with Benschop's immigration status was discussed at sidebar during the hearing.

In the end, he received bail, but it's set at $150,000 for each involuntary manslaughter count and $50,000 for each reckless endangerment count, so he'll need about $155,000 to be released on bail.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • New Jersey OKs Trump Plaza shutdown Sept. 16

    New Jersey OKs Trump Plaza shutdown Sept. 16

    New Jersey casino regulators have given final approval to Trump Plaza's plan to shut down in two weeks.
    New Jersey casino regulators have given final approval to Trump Plaza's plan to shut down in two weeks.
  • Friends work to 'save' Pennsylvania bucket bear

    Friends work to 'save' Pennsylvania bucket bear

    A group of friends has tracked down and helped to save a western Pennsylvania bear that got its head stuck in a bucket-like contraption.
    A group of friends has tracked down and helped to save a western Pennsylvania bear that got its head stuck in a bucket-like contraption.
  • September Sizzle

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:03 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:03:36 GMT

    Summer is not over just yet!  Hot and humid conditions much of the week with temps in the 90's and upper 80's.

     

     

     

     

    Summer is not over just yet! Today will be very hot and humid with high temperatures in the low to mid 90s and mostly sunny skies.  A cold front will bring some thunderstorms tonight, some of which may be severe.

    Wednesday will be less humid but it remains warm all week long.

    Tuesday (93/72): Clouds/Storm

    Wednesday (88/74): Sun/Clouds

    Thursday (89/67): Sunny/Hot

Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices