U.S. Seeks 25 Years For Massey Official In Blast Case

Law360, San Diego (February 14, 2012, 10:22 PM EST) -- The U.S. government on Tuesday urged a West Virginia federal court to impose the maximum sentence of 25 years on the former security chief of a Massey Energy Co. affiliate who was convicted of thwarting a federal investigation of the deadly Upper Big Branch mine explosion in the state.

R. Booth Goodwin II, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, argued that the strictest sentence against Hughie Elbert Stover, 60, was warranted, claiming that 29 miners died in part because of a system of...
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