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mk again of reckoning for the man once described as West Virginia killer cold former Massey energy CEO don Blankenship center Wednesday to twelve months in prison for his role in the whole mining accident that killed twenty nine employees when the accident happened in twenty ten it one of the worst mining blasted forty years , could explain the maximum sentence because Reuters correspondent Ian Simpson extremely rare if not unprecedented for our chief executive officer or excuse executive officer , to be %HESITATION imprisoned war area workplace safety violation that caused the death , Blankenship was convicted last year of conspiring to falsify dust samples at the site of the accident known as the upper big branch mine that is a safety violation sentence sent a clear signal Blankenship was lived under a very prominent figure in West Virginia he he came up from nothing to bootstrap himself went through a terrible , the biggest %HESITATION mining company in Appalachia he was he had a lot of clout in West Virginia and for him to be first convicted of this misdemeanor , and then sentenced to prison is a very powerful message to other people in the state that there are , apparently their number well well they're not going to take %HESITATION on dangerous accident so lying down , Blankenship was also hit with a two hundred fifty thousand dollar fine and an additional year of probation