NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A federal judge dropped felony manslaughter charges against two BP supervisors Wednesday, as one of the men pleaded guilty to a lesser charge related to the massive 2010 explosion and spill.
The brother of one of the 11 victims who died is angry.
The Justice Department issued a statement saying it could no longer meet the legal standard for instituting the involuntary manslaughter charges.
That means that supervisors Donald Vidrine and Robert Kaluza will likely not go to jail. Prosecutors had said that they failed to react to abnormally high pressure readings on board the Deepwater Horizon well that blew up in April of 2010.
Vidrine pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of violating the Clean Water Act.
"For me it's a bit frustrating, it's more than five years that has passed, and not a single person will spend a day in jail for one of the largest environmental disasters in our country's history that killed 11 men, and wounded many others still suffering today," said Chris Jones, the brother of victim Gordon Jones. "And yet, not one person will spend a day in jail, and that's amazing to me."
Judge Stanwood Duval has not decided whether to accept the recommended sentence, which includes 10 months of probation, for Vidrine.
Kaluza wasn't in court Wednesday but trial for him on the misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act is set for Feb. 16.