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Boone County duo pleaded guilty to stealing mine equipment


CHARLESTON A pair of Boone County men pleaded guilty to stealing mine equipment from a local mine site.

According to federal court records, 57-year-old Danny Griffy, of Sylvester, pleaded guilty Thursday to aiding and abetting the destruction of an energy facility. Twenty-seven-year-old Bradley Campbell, of Costa, pleaded guilty to conspiring to damage an energy facility.

The mine site is identified as a West Virginia non-profit corporation engaged in the reclamation of a significant number of former mining permits and processes coal. The site is located across Boone and Lincoln counties.

The case involved the theft of more than $5,000 worth of specialized mine equipment from the known mine on multiple occasions in April 2018, resulting in more than $5,000 in damage to the site. Campbell admitted to conspiring with others to steal the equipment, while Griffy admitted to aiding in the effort. Campbell and Griffy each admitted they and others sold the stolen equipment to a Whitesville business.

Griffy and Campbell are scheduled to be sentenced in July. Each man faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Griffy and Campbell have also agreed to pay restitution.



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