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Ex-UBB mine boss now in minimum-security prison

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- A former superintendent at the West Virginia coal mine where 29 men died in 2010 is now behind bars at a federal prison in Morgantown.

Gary May was sentenced in January to 21 months in prison on a conspiracy charge for his actions at the former Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch Mine.

U.S. Bureau of Prisons records showed Tuesday that May has reported to the minimum-security prison for men.

The 44-year-old Bloomingrose resident pleaded guilty last year to charges that he defrauded the government with actions that included disabling a methane gas monitor and falsifying records.

May has cooperated with prosecutors in their continuing criminal investigation of the worst U.S. coal mining disaster in 40 years. He testified at the sentencing of former Massey security chief Hughie Stover.

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