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Lawyer: Circus operator to plead not guilty in tent collapse

Officers surround the scene of a tent collapse in Lancaster, N.H., Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Sebastian Fuentes / AP

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A lawyer for a Florida-based circus operator facing charges in a tent collapse that killed a man and his 6-year-old daughter in New Hampshire says the company will plead not guilty.

About 100 people were inside the tent Aug. 3, 2015, at the Lancaster Fairgrounds when a storm blew through, toppling it.

Robert Young and his daughter Annabelle, of Concord, Vermont, were killed. Fifty others were injured.

Sarasota-based Walker International Events faces a felony charge of operating without a license and other violations. The Caledonian-Record reports  its lawyer said Wednesday that the company won’t be setting up more shows in New Hampshire as the case proceeds and that it will plead not guilty.

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Corporations can face fines and sanctions on criminal convictions. Walker also faces lawsuits and fines.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, http://www.caledonianrecord.com