WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A second man has been convicted of murder in the shooting of a coal executive in West Virginia last year.
The Williamson Daily News reports that 20-year-old Brandon Lee Fitzpatrick, of Louisa, Kentucky, pleaded guilty Thursday in the death of Bennett K. Hatfield.
Fitzpatrick admitted he was with 22-year-old Anthony Raheem Arriaga, of Delphos, Ohio, when Arriaga killed Hatfield in a scheme to steal his GMC Yukon Denali and sell its parts. Arriaga was convicted in October of murder, robbery and conspiracy.
Hatfield, 59, was shot while visiting his wife’s gravesite in May, a year after he resigned as CEO and president of Patriot Coal, which filed for bankruptcy citing low coal prices and falling demand.
Information from: Williamson Daily News, http://www.williamsondailynews.com/