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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Boone County Man Sentenced to Prison for Role in Damage to Energy Facility

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Danny Griffy, 57, of Sylvester, was sentenced today to one year in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for  aiding and abetting the destruction of an energy facility, identified as a known mine located across Boone and Lincoln counties.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from April 8, 2018, until approximately April 17, 2018, Griffy aided the theft of specialized mine equipment from the known mine, resulting in more than $5,000 in damage. Griffy admitted to helping to steal equipment including pumps needed to treat water at the known mine site before it could be safely discharged into surrounding streams. Griffy further admitted to selling pieces of stolen equipment and receiving the proceeds.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the West Virginia State Police.

Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Kathleen Robeson prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:22-cr-14.

 

 

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Updated September 6, 2022