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The judge sentenced the ex-Massey Energy CEO to the maximum jail time for his conviction on a misdemeanor conspiracy count. (Photo: Bloomberg)

(Bloomberg) – Former coal baron Donald Blankenship was sentenced to a year in prison for evading mine-safety rules in one of the final chapters of a fatal mine explosion that was the worst U.S. coal industry accident in almost 40 years.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger in Charleston, West Virginia, also fined the ex-Massey Energy chief executive officer $250,000 and denied his request to remain free during appeal. Berger ordered Blankenship to report to prison as soon as the Federal Bureau of Prisons orders him to.

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