Ex-super pleads guilty in W.Va. mine blast case

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - The former superintendent of West
Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine has pleaded guilty to a federal
fraud charge.

Gary May of Bloomingrose faces up to five years in prison.
Sentencing is set for Aug. 9.

May pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Irene
Berger in Beckley to conspiracy to defraud the federal government.
The charge stems from his actions at the former Massey Energy mine where 29 men died April 5, 2010.

Prosecutors say May disabled a methane monitor, falsified
records and manipulated the ventilation system to fool inspectors.

May is the highest-ranking company official chargedin connection
with the blast.

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