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Former security chief at W.Va. coal mine where blast killed 29 to hear fate at sentencing
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) ' A convicted former security chief at the Upper Big Branch mine in southern West Virginia will learn his fate for lying to investigators about the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men.
Hughie Elbert Stover faces up to 25 years in prison. His sentencing is set for Wednesday in federal court in Beckley.
Stover was convicted of lying to investigators and ordering a subordinate to destroy thousands of documents after the worst U.S. coal mine disaster in four decades.
Witnesses testified Stover instructed mine guards to send out radio alerts whenever inspectors entered the property. Stover had denied doing that in an earlier interview with investigators.
Prosecutors want a judge to "send a resounding message" and impose the maximum penalty.
Stover's attorney has said his client deserves no jail time.