WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the following statement regarding the sentencing of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship:

“Coal mining is a proud West Virginia tradition, but it is not without risks. The safety of our coal miners must always be paramount. I respect Judge Berger’s decision and agree that those who break mine safety laws should be punished to the full extent of the law. While the conclusion of this trial will not ease the pain felt by families who lost loved ones at Upper Big Branch six years ago, I remain hopeful that today’s sentencing can help bring some closure.”