Judge schedules Aug. 18 guilty plea hearing for last executive charged in W.Va. chemical spill

Associated Press

A judge has scheduled a guilty plea hearing for the last executive charged in a chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply.

In Charleston federal court Wednesday, Judge Thomas Johnston set an Aug. 18 hearing for former Freedom Industries executive Dennis Farrell.

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U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says prosecutors generally file for guilty plea hearings when a defendant has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge or charges.

Farrell faces spill-related federal pollution charges.

The January 2014 spill spurred a ban on using tap water for 300,000 people for as many as 10 days.

The bankrupt company and four ex-officials have pleaded guilty to pollution charges.

Ex-Freedom President Gary Southern has a guilty plea hearing scheduled for Aug. 19. He faces bankruptcy fraud and pollution charges.