Executive Sentenced to One Year for 29 Dead in Mine Safety Case

The sentencing of the former chief executive of Massey Energy Company comes six years after an explosion tore through the Upper Big Branch mine, killing 29.

Source: Donald Blankenship Sentenced to a Year in Prison in Mine Safety Case – The New York Times

The prison term, the maximum allowed by law, came in Federal District Court here six years and one day after an explosion ripped through Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine, killing 29 men. Although Mr. Blankenship was not accused of direct responsibility for the accident, the deadliest in American coal mining in about 40 years, the disaster prompted the inquiry that ultimately led to his conviction. Federal officials have said that last autumn’s guilty verdict was the first time such a high-ranking executive had been convicted of a workplace safety violation.

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