Prosecutors Oppose Sentencing Delay for Coal Extractor CEO

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say they oppose a request for a delay in the sentencing of Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship following his mine safety conspiracy conviction.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby said in a court filing on Wednesday that the sentencing of Blankenship should not be delayed.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that attorneys are currently arguing over whether Blankenship should also pay restitution to compensate victims of the case for any losses. Ruby says that prosecutors agree that matters about restitution payments by Blankenship should be handled through a hearing separate from his April 6 sentencing hearing.

Blankenship was convicted Dec. 3 of a misdemeanor conspiracy to willfully violate mine safety standards at Upper Big Branch Mine. He faces up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.