Three years ago, an explosion in West Virginia killed 38 miners. The horrific accident send 38 families into mourning and caused the entire nation to turn their focus to this horrible accident. As a result of the incident, a Massey Energy mine superintendent was sentenced to prison recently. This superintendent is believed to be responsible for the horrible accident that occurred. In Beckley, West Virginia, the miner was sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine as a result of the accident. He was charged with one felony count of conspiracy to thwart the federal government’s mine safety efforts.
The government hopes that this superintendent will serve as an example to others and show that it is never wise to put efficiency and work capacity before safety in the mines. Federal sentencing guidelines suggested that the offender spend 15 to 21 months in jail, but his criminal defense lawyer advocated for home arrest and probation instead. The superintendent’s crime carried a maximum five years in prison but he is cooperating with federal prosecutors in order to bring about a lower sentence. He is also helping the prosecution to identify other men and women who were responsible for the blast in exchange for a lighter sentence.
While justice is being served to this man who is responsible for the worst mine disaster in four decades, there are times that the victims of these accidents and their families are not given the compensation necessary. If you or a loved one was injured in a mine blast accident, then you deserve compensation. This is considered an on-the-job injury which means that you may qualify for worker’s compensation as a result. If you need more information, then you should contact an attorney at Arnold & Itkin for details!