- Associated Press - Friday, October 16, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A federal judge is moving back sentencing dates for six men who pleaded guilty in a chemical spill that sullied 300,000 people’s water supply.

In a Charleston federal court filing Friday, Judge Thomas Johnston pushed back sentencing hearings until February for the former Freedom Industries officials.

Robert Reynolds will be sentenced Feb. 1 and Michael Burdette will be sentenced Feb. 3.

William Tis’ sentencing will be Feb. 8, and Charles Herzing’s will take place Feb. 10.

Dennis Farrell will be sentenced Feb. 11, while former Freedom President Gary Southern’s hearing will be Feb. 17.



Six men and Freedom itself have pleaded guilty to crimes related to the January 2014 chemical spill.

Freedom’s spill of coal-cleaning chemicals in January 2014 spurred a ban on tap water for 300,000 residents for days.

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