6:30 p.m. May 12, 2016 UPDATE:
Prison officials have confirmed that former Massey Energy CEO is now in custody at the Correctional Institution in Taft, CA
ORIGINAL STORY: According to a court filing, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is reporting to prison on Thursday, May 12, 2016. The exact facility he is reporting to has not been released, but the court documents show it is in California.
Blankenship was hoping to avoid jail time while his appeal was being made. However, an order was issued from the 4th Circuit Court on Thursday morning denying the request for release.
“The loved ones of the 29 men who died at Upper Big Branch have waited more than six years to see Don Blankenship held accountable for conspiring to violate mine safety standards in the name of profit,” said West Virginia AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue. “I am thankful that the court did not allow a delay of sentence during what will likely be a lengthy appeal process, and I hope that these family members will find some measure of peace in knowing the Don Blankenship is finally in prison.
Blankenship was convicted by a jury back in December 2015. He was the CEO of Massey Energy when the explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine occurred on April 5, 2010.