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Former UBB Security Chief Gets Three Years Behind Bars

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -

A former security chief convicted of lying to investigators about the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men and injured two others at a southern West Virginia coal mine has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Hughie Elbert Stover was sentenced Wednesday. Stover was convicted of lying to investigators and ordering a subordinate to destroy thousands of security-related documents at the Upper Big
Branch mine following the worst U.S. coal mine disaster in four decades.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin sought a 25-year sentence, hoping to send a resounding message about Stover's crimes. But federal sentencing guidelines called for a total sentence of about three
years for both crimes.

Judges do not have to follow the guidelines.
      
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