Posted: Dec 18, 2013 10:35 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Dec 18, 2013 10:35 AM
NEW ORLEANS - After nearly three days of deliberations, a jury convicted a former BP engineer with trying to obstruct a federal probe of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Jurors deliberated on Monday after hearing closing arguments by Justice Department prosecutors and a lawyer for Kurt Mix, who is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice. Their deliberations resumed Tuesday morning. They wrapped up Tuesday still deadlocked.
The reached a verdict Wednesday morning, convicting Mix on one charge of obstruction of justice and acquitting him on another. The obstruction of justice charges carries a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 26.
Mix was one of four current or former BP employees charged in the oil spill. His case was the first to be heard.