Thursday, December 3, 2015

Blankenship Guilty on One Count

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, found guilty of conspiracy to violate mine safety laws, faces up to one year in prison but was cleared Thursday on two counts of making false statements about Massey safety procedures to the Securities and Exchange Commission and investors.

The investigation that began in the dust, debris and confusion of an Upper Big Branch Mine explosion that killed 29 coal miners in April 2010 ultimately led to the Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse, where a jury deliberated almost eight days.

The conspiracy conviction carried a misdemeanor charge. A sentencing hearing for Blankenship, 65, was tentatively scheduled for March 23, 2016.