The former operator of the Boone hotel where three people died of carbon monoxide poisoning in 2013 is now suing the town of Boone.

The Watauga Democrat reports Barry Damon Mallatere has filed for damages claiming the town violated his constitutional rights by maliciously initiating and continuing a prosecution against him.

Malatere was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the deaths of three people due to carbon monoxide poisoning at a Boone hotel that he operated. According to the report, charges against Mallatere were dropped in 2016 after a plea deal in which the management company Appalachian Hospitality Management, pleaded guilty to the charges.

The complaint alleges that “multiple policy makers,” including the town council, manager, police chief, planning and inspections director and fire chief, directed employees to seek criminal charges against Mallatere without probable cause.

Mallatere is seeking a trial by jury and monetary damages.