1/8/2013 10:36 AM
by Nadine Grimley
A former superintendent at the Upper Big Branch mine wants a judge to sentence him to home confinement or reduce his prison time when he pleads to a federal conspiracy charge next week.
Gary May is cooperating in the continuing criminal investigation of the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men. He's set to enter a plea on charges that his actions at the mine defrauded the federal government on January 17th in Beckley.
Defense Attorney Tim Carrico said that there's no direct link between May's actions and the explosion.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby is pushing for more than the 15 to 21-month sentence that federal guidelines recommend.