EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFormer Massey Official David Hughart Sentenced
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Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 10, 2013 2:21 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 11, 2013 9:25 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Another top ex-Massey executive was sentenced to three and a half years in prison Tuesday afternoon for impeding federal mine inspectors and violating mine safety laws.
Longtime Massey Division President David Hughart had admitted to a more than decade long conspiracy to give advanced warnings of federal mine inspections that went to the top of the company. He did not use the name of Massey Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship when he detailed his role in federal court. Blankenship's lawyer has denied he had any involvement. Hughart's son was angry with the sentence that exceeded federal guidelines.
U.S. District Judge Irene Berger wanted the sentence to serve as a deterrent.
Hughart will also have to serve three years on supervised release. He also has other legal problems. His bond was revoked an hour and half before the sentencing following an arrest on drug charges by Beckley police while he was out on bond awaiting sentencing.
A top ex-Massey executive had his bond revoked Tuesday by a U.S. magistrate.
David Hughart had his bond revoked by U.S. Magistrate Clarke VanDervort after he was arrested on drug charges by Beckley police while he was out on bond awaiting sentencing. Police said he was driving erratically when he was stopped and had oxycodone in his system. He did not contest the allegations in court.
Meanwhile, Hughart was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday afternoon for impeding federal mine inspectors and violating mine safety laws.
Hughart had admitted to a more than decade long conspiracy to give advance warnings of federal mine inspections that went to the top of the company. He did not use the name of Massey Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship when he detailed his role to Judge Irene Berger back in February. Blankenship's lawyer has denied he had any involvement.
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