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Blankenship to Appeal Case That Resulted in One-Year Sentence

Former coal company chief Don Blankenship is appealing a case that resulted in a one-year prison sentence.

In U.S. District Court in Beckley on Thursday, the ex-Massey Energy CEO filed his notice of appeal to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Wednesday, Blankenship was sentenced to the maximum penalties of a year in prison and a $250,000 fine for conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards at Upper Big Branch Mine.

The southern West Virginia coal mine exploded in 2010, killing 29 men.

A jury convicted him of the misdemeanor on Dec. 3.

Judge Irene Berger declined to let Blankenship stay free on a $1 million bond while he appeals the case.