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Attorney: Concrete lab chief tried suicide

NEW YORK CITY — A defense lawyer says a concrete-testing company chief has tried to kill himself on the eve of his Manhattan sentencing.

Testwell Laboratories Inc. President V. Reddy Kancharla was convicted of racketeering. The case involved such New York City landmarks as ground zero’s signature tower and the new Yankee Stadium.

He was to be sentenced Wednesday, but attorney Paul Shechtman said Kancharla was hospitalized after attempting suicide Tuesday.

Defense lawyers said Kancharla also tried to take his life during jury deliberations in February.

The case involved concrete and steel test results for nearly 120 construction projects in and around the city.

The stadium, ground zero’s Freedom Tower and at least two dozen other buildings have been retested and declared safe.