Local News in Brief : Slumlord Pays Fines, to Begin Jail Term

After rejection of his appeal, convicted slumlord William H. Burkhalter Jr. has paid $18,700 in fines and penalties and been ordered to surrender Feb. 23 to begin serving a 45-day jail sentence.

Burkhalter, 56, was convicted by a Los Angeles Municipal Court jury on Feb. 24, 1987, of 22 violations of fire, safety and health codes at a 63-unit apartment building at 1723 W. 9th St. He was sentenced by Judge Suzanne Person on March 3, 1987.

Person also ordered him to perform 250 hours of community service at County-USC Medical Center and 750 hours at the U.S. Mission. In addition, he was placed on 36 months of summary probation.

Deputy Los Angeles City Atty. Richard Robb said Burkhalter, who no longer owns the now-vacant building, appealed to Superior Court, contending that the sentence was excessive. But the higher court’s appellate department rejected the appeal.


Person told Burkhalter to report to her Sept. 28 on his progress in completing the community service.