- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - An employee from a northeast Ohio wastewater company accused of violating the Clean Water Act has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service and three years of probation.

Michael Guesman had previously pleaded guilty to illegally dumping brine and oil-based drilling mud into a sewer that empties into the Mahoning River watershed.

A federal judge sentenced the 34-year-old Guesman (GOOS’-men) of Cortland on Thursday.

Public defender Carolyn Kucharski says Guesman acknowledges wrongdoing and is satisfied with his sentence. Kucharski says Guesman acted under his boss’ orders and believed not complying would risk his job. She says Guesman didn’t realize where the flow would go.

A change of plea hearing is scheduled Monday for Ben Lupo, a former senior official at Hardrock Excavating LLC, who has pleaded not guilty.

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