The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 29, 2013

Sentencing hearing for ex-Massey official delayed

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — A sentencing hearing for a former Massey Energy executive has been pushed back until September.

David C. Hughart was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on two federal conspiracy charges. He pleaded guilty in February.

The Charleston Gazette reports U.S. District Judge Irene Berger on Friday approved a request by Hughart’s lawyer, Michael R. Whitt, to delay the sentencing hearing because of a scheduling conflict.

Berger rescheduled the proceedings Sept. 10.

Hughart admitted to working with others to give miners at Massey subsidiary White Buck Coal Co. illegal advance warning about surprise inspections.

He is cooperating with the criminal investigation into the Upper Big Branch mine explosion that killed 29 miners in 2010.

Massey is now owned by Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources.