A US District judge ruled that Anthony Badalementi would avoid jail time for his connection to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident. Badalementi, Halliburton's former cementing technology director, faced up to one year of jail time for destroying evidence following the spill. He was sentenced instead to one year's probation, 100 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine.
Despite Badalementi's plea of guilty on obstruction of justice charges, US District Judge Jay Zainey claimed jail time was not a necessary punishment. "I still feel that you're a very honorable man. I have no doubt that you've learned from this mistake," Zainey said during the sentencing, the Huffington Post reports.
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According to Business Insider, Badalementi instructed two of his employees to delete data involving the cement job on the well, as he feared an imminent federal investigation. Halliburton alerted the U.S. Justice Department of the missing data and agreed to pay a $200,000 fine when it was discovered that the data could not be recovered.
Although the oil spill and its disastrous aftermath have largely faded from public consciousness, those responsible for the incident are just beginning to be punished for their crimes. Former BP drilling engineer Kurt Mix faces up to 20 years in prison on other obstruction of justice charges, and BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine face manslaughter charges for the 11 individuals that died during the incident.