Two other and more senior Freedom officials, Gary Southern
and Dennis Farrell, are fighting charges brought against them in a federal indictment and are scheduled for trial in October.
and Farrell face criminal Clean Water Act charges, and Southern also faces bankruptcy fraud charges that allege he
tried to hide his
personal wealth from bankruptcy court and civil lawsuits over the leak.
The charges against Southern
, 58, carry a maximum statutory sentence of 88 years in prison.
Southern began serving as Freedoms chief operating officer in May 2009 and served on its board of directors from March 2010 through October 2013, court records show.
In late December 2013, Southern became Freedoms president.