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Cortland man dodges prison in dumping case

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - A federal judge has sentenced a Cortland man to 3 years probation and 300 hours of community service for his role in the dumping of tainted liquid in the Mahoning River.

Michael Guesman, 34 of Cortland received the sentenced in federal court in Cleveland Thursday morning.

Guesman has said he dumped the drilling waste on orders from his boss, Ben Lupo.

Lupo, 62, of Poland is the former owner of D&L Energy and Hardrock Excavating.  He was indicted in February and charged with one count of violating the Clean Water Act.  He's accused of ordering employees to dump brine waste water and drilling mud into a sewer drain outside D&L Energy on Salt Springs Road.  The waste eventually made its way to the Mahoning River.

According to the indictment in the case, Lupo ordered Guesman to dump the waste into the sewer on several occasions between November 1 and January 31 of 2013.

Lupo, who earlier pleaded not guilty to violating the Clean Water Act is expected to change his plea on Monday.



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