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Man receives life sentencing in killing of West Virginia coal executive

Man receives life sentencing in killing of West Virginia coal executive

A man received a life with mercy sentence for the murder of a former coalfield executive in Mingo County.

Anthony Arriaga was sentenced Tuesday. He also received two one to five-year terms for conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit murder. The latter two sentences are to be served consecutively, according to a report from our sister station WCHS.

Police said Arriaga was the triggerman in Ben Hatfield's slaying during a failed carjacking. Hatfield was shot in the back while cleaning his wife's and in-law's graves in Mingo County on Memorial Day weekend last year.

Hatfield was the CEO International Coal Group in 2006 when 12 coal miners were killed in an explosion at the Sago mine in Upshur County.

On Dec. 7, another man, Brandon Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty to felony murder in a last minute plea deal with prosecutors following a four-day trial in Mingo County Circuit Court.

Fitzpatrick's sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 18, 2018.

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