- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Three Freedom Industries officials are scheduled for December sentencing hearings for charges in a massive chemical spill last year.

In Charleston federal court Tuesday, Judge Thomas Johnston moved June hearings to December for William Tis, Charles Herzing and Robert Reynolds. A June hearing for ex-Freedom official Michael Burdette has not been rescheduled.

The four men and the company itself have pleaded guilty to pollution charges.

Federal prosecutors wrote that the four are willing to testify for the federal government in cases against fellow ex-Freedom executives Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell. Prosecutors wanted sentencing hearings after the Oct. 6 trial for Southern and Farrell.

Southern and Farrell pleaded not guilty. Southern also faces bankruptcy fraud charges.

The January 2014 spill spurred a ban on tap water for 300,000 residents for days.

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