In July of 2013, we shared a story about Daniel Wilson, a former supervisor at the Indian Point nuclear power plant, who was arrested for deliberately falsifying critical safety records and lying to federal regulators.
Wilson had hid results of tests that showed that the quality of fuel in backup tanks, which would be used in the plants’ emergency backup generators, didn’t meet the standards set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Initially, the charges could have brought a seven year incarceration, but by the time the case reached federal courts – Wilson faced a maximum of three years in prison.
The former chemist plead guilty as part of a plea agreement in October of 2013, but told the federal court that his reasoning for his actions was to prevent the Indian Point nuclear power plant from having to shut down.
Wilson is scheduled to be sentenced on January 16th and is expected to receive less than 6 months of jail time after the plea agreement, but now his lawyer is arguing that the former supervisor should not be subjected to any jail time and only home confinement in the worst case.
Prosecutors have not yet filed their recommendations on sentencing.