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US mine blast: Ex-coal CEO Blankenship at end of prison term

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By JOHN RABY
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is finishing up a one-year federal prison sentence related to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons website, Blankenship is set to be released Wednesday from a halfway house in Phoenix, Arizona. He must serve one year of supervised release.

Blankenship was sentenced last year for a misdemeanor conviction of conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards at Massey's Upper Big Branch Mine in southern West Virginia, where 29 workers died in a 2010 explosion.

In January, a three-judge appeals panel affirmed Blankenship's 2015 conviction.

Blankenship, who's 67, served most of his sentence at Correctional Institute Taft near Bakersfield, California.

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