BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A former security chief convicted of lying
to investigators about the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men
at a southern West Virginia coal mine has been sentenced to three
years in prison.
Hughie Elbert Stover was sentenced Wednesday. Stover was
convicted of lying to investigators and ordering a subordinate to
destroy thousands of security-related documents at the Upper Big
Branch mine following the worst U.S. coal mine disaster in four
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin sought a 25-year sentence, hoping to
send a resounding message about Stover's crimes. But federal
sentencing guidelines called for a total sentence of about three
years for both crimes.
Judges do not have to follow the guidelines.
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