Thursday, January 17, 2013 11:55 am
Mine official gets nearly 2 years in W.Va. blast
By JOHN RABYAssociated Press
Gary May received the sentence of 21 months and a $20,000 fine Thursday in federal court in Beckley. May has cooperated with prosecutors in their continuing criminal investigation of the explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine.
He admitted to charges that he defrauded the government through actions such as disabling a methane gas monitor and falsifying records.
A plea hearing is set next month for former longtime Massey Energy executive David Hughart, who's accused of two federal conspiracy charges. Hughart's cooperation has been viewed as a sign that authorities may be gathering evidence to target officials further up the Massey hierarchy.