James D. Coon, owner of James Coon Construction company in Akron, Ohio, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony, on July 24th. The charges came after Gerardo ‘Jerry’ Juarez Sr., one of his workers, fell to death while working without safety equipment in 2017. Coon’s attorney has not made any statements as of yet.
Additionally, Coon further pleaded guilty to a workers’ compensation fraud charge, a fourth-degree felony, in a Summit county courtroom. According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s (BWC) findings, Coon, 53, did not have any BWC coverage whatsoever when Juarez died.