- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s attorney general says a judge has ordered a central New York man to serve 10 days in jail or work 20 hours in a soup kitchen for illegally flooding a cemetery, forcing families to rebury 18 dead relatives.

James Stevens of Cortlandville also was ordered to construct a state-approved storm water control system to prevent future flooding damage.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office obtained a court order in December 2014 directing Stevens to stop flooding caused by a water diversion project he did in 2012 without state approval.

On Wednesday, Schneiderman said a Cortland County judge found Stevens guilty of civil and criminal contempt for failing to take the court-order action.

The civil contempt will be purged if Stevens completes the storm water system.

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