- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A California man who owns dozens of blighted Memphis apartments will face jail time, should he ever set foot in the city.

The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/1XsobVG ) reports that Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter handed down a contempt of court ruling last week against Brent McElwee, sentencing him to 15 days in jail for ignoring nearly a year’s worth of court orders involving his more than 40 properties in the Highland Heights neighborhood.

McElwee, who lives in California, has never appeared in court to address the condition of his boarded-up properties, where trees have fallen on at least two houses. In addition to jail time, he has a $305,000 judgment against him.

Potter put the properties in receivership so they can be demolished.

McElwee could not be reached for comment.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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