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2 sentenced in failed theft that caused leak in Kanawha County

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two men are headed to prison for participating in a failed theft that caused an ammonia leak in Kanawha County.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 36-year-old Jason Hudnall of Malden received a three-and-a-half year sentence. Forty-eight-year-old John Wesley Tucker of Georges Creek received a one-year sentence.

Both men were sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Goodwin says Tucker, Hudnall and two others attempted to steal anhydrous ammonia from a storage tank at a mine waste water treatment site in 2008. About 500 gallons leaked after they split a theft-prevention valve cover.

Hudnall pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to steal anhydrous ammonia and negligent release of anhydrous ammonia into the air. Tucker pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to steal anhydrous ammonia to be used to manufacture methamphetamine.


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