Missouri appeals court upholds contempt against Columbia homeowner

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A Columbia homeowner jailed for 10 days for contempt of court for not complying with an order to remove structures from his property could find himself behind bars again.

The Western District Court of Appeals upheld on Tuesday the contempt ruling against Seth Reynolds for failure to abide by a 2017 court order to remove a shed, fence and satellite dish.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Reynolds was denied a variance in 2015 to the county’s setback and easement regulations after construction was complete.

Circuit Judge Jodie Asel ordered Reynolds jailed indefinitely until the structures were gone. He was out on bond pending his appeal.

Reynolds argued he was unable to demolish the outbuilding because of the cost and difficulty. The county argued he was financially capable of doing so.
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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune

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