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Poland businessman wants sentencing date delayed

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The man who federal prosecutors say was behind the dumping of tens of thousands of gallons of  drilling waste into a Mahoning River tributary wants to delay his sentencing date.

The attorney for Ben Lupo has asked a federal judge in Cleveland to push Lupo's sentencing from the currently scheduled date of June 16 until the end of July.

Lupo, 64, has already pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act for ordering two employees of  his Hardrock Excavating company to pour an estimated quarter of a million gallons of oil and gas waste into a Youngstown city storm sewer off Salt Springs Road.

As part of his sentence, Lupo will have to pay fines and the cost of cleaning up the pollutants, which took more than a month.

Lupo's lawyer says Lupo's financial condition won't be known until July 1, when the sale of his company is to be finalized.  Lupo is the majority stockholder in the company.

The defense attorney says government prosecutors don't oppose delaying the sentencing date  until the end of July.

The judge has yet to rule on the request.

Lupo's two employees were also charged in federal court.  One has been convicted and placed on probation.  The other employee is awaiting legal proceedings.
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