6/18/2013 11:59 PM
by Courtney Rosemond
BECKLEY - A former Massey energy official is asking for leniency when he’s sentenced this summer
David Hughart’s lawyer tells US District Judge Irene Berger that his client’s life has been ruined because he’s unfairly linked to the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men.
Hughart pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges, admitting he helped give miners at another Massey subsidiary advance warning about surprise inspections.
At his plea hearing in February, Hughart implicated former Chief Executive Don Blankenship in the scheme. Massey is now owned by Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources.
Hughart faces up to six years in prison when he is sentenced.