GARY MAY SENTENCING Former Upper Big Branch Superintendent Sentenced To 21 Months In Prison
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Bob Aaron
Reported: Jan. 16, 2013 3:17 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 18, 2013 10:20 AM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
A former superintendent at the Upper Big Branch Mine was sentenced Thursday to 21 months in prison.
Gary May pleaded guilty to helping manipulate ventilation and methane monitoring systems.
Twenty-nine miners were killed April 5, 2010, at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, after a combination of methane buildup and coal dust sparked a massive explosion inside the mine.
On Thursday, a federal judge sentenced May to the nearly two year prison term, and in addition ordered him to spend three years on supervised release and pay a $20,000 fine. May remains free on bond, however, he is expected to begin that prison sentence soon.
Federal investigators are expected to finally wrap up the case later this year.
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