2013-05-02 / Local & State

Worker Gets Prison For Damaging PA Gas Pipeline

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – A former construction worker has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for purposefully damaging a natural gas pipeline in central Pennsylvania.

Forty-six-year-old Bradford, Ark., resident Henry Virgil Benton accepted a plea agreement to the federal charge of willfully and knowingly damaging a pipeline during excavation activity. Investigators say he used a piece of machinery to damage the pipeline in Cogan House Township in June 2011.

The Williamsport Sun- Gazette reports Benton told a federal judge he was “truly sorry all this came about.”

He worked for Texasbased contractor Holloman Construction, but has since been terminated. He's been making restitution, but still owes more than $121,000.

U.S. Middle District Judge John E. Jones III says he's still not sure what motivated Benton to damage the pipeline.

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