Mining Officials to Plead Guilty to Safety Violations

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Two mining officials who worked at an eastern Kentucky underground mine where a worker was killed last year are preparing to plead guilty to federal safety violations.

Records filed in U.S. District Court this week say Jefferson Davis and Joseph Miniard of Manalapan Mining Co. intend "to plead guilty rather than proceed to trial."

The records do not offer details of the pending agreement.

A February indictment charged three men and Manalapan with June 2011 safety violations related to underground roof structures and hazardous conditions.

David Partin, who worked at Manalapan's P-1 mine in Harlan County, died when he was struck by a large section of rock on June 29, 2011.

The third defendant, Bryant Massingale, pleaded guilty to two charges in August. He'll be sentenced in January.

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