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Ex-Freedom Executives Agree to Testify for Government

Freedom Industries

Federal prosecutors say two ex-Freedom Industries officials have agreed to testify for the government in two remaining chemical spill cases.

In Charleston federal court filings Tuesday, prosecutors wrote that plea agreements with William Tis and Charles Herzing say they’re willing to provide testimony in the cases against fellow ex-Freedom officials Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell.

Tis, Herzing, two other ex-Freedom officials and the company itself have pleaded guilty to pollution charges.

The January 2014 spill spurred a ban on tap water for 300,000 residents for days.

Southern and Farrell pleaded not guilty. Southern also faces fraud charges related to Freedom’s bankruptcy case.

Prosecutors say Tis and Herzing should have their June sentencing rescheduled until after the October trial of Southern and Farrell.