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Mr. Gary L. Southern

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Ex-Freedom Industries

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Ex-Freedom Industries

Background Information

Employment History

Bell Law Firm PLLC

President

Freedom Industries Inc

Affiliations

Investment Trustee
Southern Investment Trust

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Ex-Freedom Industries ...

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Ex-Freedom Industries President Gary Southern, who told reporters a day after the January 2014 spill that he had had a "long day" and tried to leave a news conference multiple times, also was fined $20,000 in U.S. District Court.

Southern, the last of six ex-Freedom Industries officials to be sentenced on pollution charges, told the court Wednesday that he accepted responsibility "for my shortcomings and oversights" and that he was "not the person that I was painted on television."
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JAIL FOR A MONTH - In this Aug. 24, 2015, file photo, former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern enters the federal courthouse for a plea hearing on federal charges in Charleston. Southern was sentenced Wednesday to one month in federal prison for his role in the 2014 chemical spill into the Elk River that prompted a tap water ban for 300,000 residents for days. -- Associated Press
Southern was a co-founder of Freedom Industries and had direct oversight of the Elk River facility. He was Freedom Industries' chief operating officer starting in May 2009, a member of its board from March 2010 to October 2013 and became president when it was sold in December 2013.
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However, federal prosecutors said Southern should get a more severe punishment than the other defendants because he tried to mislead a bankruptcy court about his role with Freedom to avoid potential financial consequences of the spill.
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During a Jan. 10, 2014 news conference, Southern occasionally drank from a bottle of water and said "Look guys. It has been an extremely long day. I have trouble talking at the moment. I would appreciate if we could wrap this thing up."
The defense team said Southern had pneumonia and had not slept in the days after the spill.
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The government had seized $7.3 million and a Bentley from Southern and put a lien on his Florida house, but his plea deal enabled him to get those assets back.
Johnston granted a defense request to allow Southern to be flown on a friend's private jet later Wednesday to his Florida home and to allow Southern to be assigned to a minimum-security facility in Pensacola, Fla.
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In a related proposed settlement, Southern would pay $350,000.
Karan Ireland, a Charleston City Council member, asked the court for the maximum-possible punishment for Southern and was disappointed by the sentence.


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The Associated Press | FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2015, file photo, former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern enters the federal courthouse for a plea hearing on federal charges in Charleston, W.Va. Southern is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, for his conviction on a pollution charge in a 2014 chemical spill into a Charleston river that prompted a tap water ban for 300,000 residents for days. (AP Photo/Tyler Evert, File)

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Ex-Freedom Industries President Gary Southern, who told reporters a day after the January 2014 spill that he had had a "long day" and tried to leave a news conference multiple times, also was fined $20,000 in U.S. District Court.
Southern, the last of six ex-Freedom Industries officials to be sentenced on pollution charges, told the court Wednesday that he accepted responsibility "for my shortcomings and oversights" and that he was "not the person that I was painted on television."
Southern was a co-founder of Freedom Industries and had direct oversight of the Elk River facility. He was Freedom Industries' chief operating officer starting in May 2009, a member of its board from March 2010 to October 2013 and became president when it was sold in December 2013.
...
However, federal prosecutors said Southern should get a more severe punishment than the other defendants because he tried to mislead a bankruptcy court about his role with Freedom to avoid potential financial consequences of the spill.
...
During a Jan. 10, 2014 news conference, Southern occasionally drank from a bottle of water and said "Look guys. It has been an extremely long day. I have trouble talking at the moment. I would appreciate if we could wrap this thing up."
The defense team said Southern had pneumonia and had not slept in the days after the spill.
...
The government had seized $7.3 million and a Bentley from Southern and put a lien on his Florida house, but his plea deal enabled him to get those assets back.
Johnston granted a defense request to allow Southern to be flown on a friend's private jet later Wednesday to his Florida home and to allow Southern to be assigned to a minimum-security facility in Pensacola, Florida.
...
In a related proposed settlement, Southern would pay $350,000.
Karan Ireland, a Charleston City Council member, asked the court for the maximum-possible punishment for Southern and was disappointed by the sentence.


In this Aug. 24 photo, former ...

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In this Aug. 24 photo, former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern enters the federal courthouse for a plea hearing on federal charges in Charleston, W.Va. - Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. An executive who appeared unsympathetic when he spoke to the public after a chemical spill sullied tap water for 300,000 people in West Virginia was sentenced to one month in federal prison Wednesday.
Ex-Freedom Industries President Gary Southern, who told reporters a day after the January 2014 spill that he had had a long day and tried to leave a news conference multiple times, also was fined $20,000 in U.S. District Court.
Southern, the last of six ex-Freedom Industries officials to be sentenced on pollution charges, told the court Wednesday he accepted responsibility for my shortcomings and oversights and he was not the person that I was painted on television.
Southern was a co-founder of Freedom Industries and had direct oversight of the Elk River facility. He was Freedom Industries chief operating officer starting in May 2009, a member of its board from March 2010 to October 2013 and became president when it was sold in December 2013.
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However, federal prosecutors said Southern should get a more severe punishment than the other defendants because he tried to mislead a bankruptcy court about his role with Freedom to avoid potential financial consequences of the spill.
Johnston said in imposing the sentence that he put an emphasis on Southerns missteps in federal bankruptcy court and to send a message to the other Gary Southerns out there to get it right in complying with environmental laws.
During a Jan. 10, 2014 news conference, Southern occasionally drank from a bottle of water and said Look guys. It has been an extremely long day. I have trouble talking at the moment. I would appreciate if we could wrap this thing up.
The defense team said Southern had pneumonia and had not slept in the days after the spill.
...
The government had seized $7.3 million and a Bentley from Southern and put a lien on his Florida house, but his plea deal enabled him to get those assets back.
Johnston granted a defense request to allow Southern to be flown on a friends private jet later Wednesday to his Florida home and to allow Southern to be assigned to a minimum-security facility in Pensacola, Florida.
...
In a related proposed settlement, Southern would pay $350,000.
Karan Ireland, a Charleston City Council member, asked the court for the maximum-possible punishment for Southern and was disappointed by the sentence.


Freedom Industries' Bankruptcy Case Moves Forward

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During a creditors' meeting this past Tuesday - February 25 - Freedom Industries president Gary Southern and CFO Terry Cline reiterated that point, in addition to other sentiments.

Following the Federal court hearing, Gary Southern - who had previously withheld much commentary regarding the spill - expressed concern for local residents affected by the spill, as well as Freedom employees.
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During a creditors' meeting this past Tuesday - February 25 - Freedom Industries president Gary Southern and CFO Terry Cline reiterated that point, in addition to other sentiments.
Following the Federal court hearing, Gary Southern - who had previously withheld much commentary regarding the spill - expressed concern for local residents affected by the spill, as well as Freedom employees.


Our Blog: Connecting the Dots > Strategic Communications | Advocom Group

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The performance by Freedom Industries CEO, Gary Southern, on last week's Elk River chemical spill in WV will be an 'evergreen' example of how NOT to communicate in a crisis.

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