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Court upholds Stover conviction in UBB case

In a March 15, 2011 photo, Massey Energy Security Chief Hughie Elbert Stover, center, and his wife, left, are swamped by members of the media as they leave the Federal courthouse in Beckley  (AP Photo/The Register-Herald, F. Brian Ferguson).

Word is just in this morning that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of former Massey Energy security chief Hughie Elbert Stover, who was found guilty of lying to investigators and trying to destroy evidence following the April 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster.

Stover had appealed his conviction after he was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Irene Berger to three years in prison. I’ve posted a copy of the 4th Circuit’s decision here.