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CHARLESTON | Four men who worked as supervisors at a Massey Energy mine where two men died in a fire in 2006 have pleaded guilty to federal crimes.

Donald Hagy Jr., 47, Terry Shadd, 37, Edward R. Ellis Jr., 38, and Michael Plumley, 38, admitted they failed to hold mandatory safety drills at Massey’s Alma No. 1 mine.

They pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in West Virginia. Miners Don Bragg and Ellery Elvis Hatfield died in the fire.

The four face up to a year in prison and $100,000 fines.

Massey’s Aracoma Coal subsidiary paid $4.2 million in criminal fines and civil penalties stemming from the fire.

Richmond, Va.-based Massey faces separate criminal and civil investigations into an explosion that killed 29 West Virginia miners in April.

From wire dispatches and staff reports