BP supervisor pleads guilty, manslaughter charges dismissed

BP supervisor pleads guilty, manslaughter charges dismissed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A BP supervisor charged in the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of violating the Clean Water Act, and involuntary manslaughter charges have been dismissed.
           
Donald Vidrine appeared in federal court Wednesday.
           
Vidrine and another defendant, Robert Kaluza, were charged with violating the act and 11 counts of involuntary manslaughter. But earlier Wednesday, prosecutors asked that the manslaughter charges be dropped. The judge agreed.
           
The explosion on the BP-operated drilling rig killed 11 workers and set off the nation's worst offshore oil disaster.
           
Prosecutors say Vidrine and Kaluza botched a safety test and disregarded abnormally high pressure readings.
           
Vidrine will be sentenced in April. The judge hasn't decided whether to accept the recommended sentence, which includes 10 months' probation.
           
Kaluza wasn't in court Wednesday. No hearing for him is set.
           
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