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Man convicted of dumping drilling waste in Youngstown seeks mercy from judge

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The third person convicted of dumping gas and oil drilling waste that seeped into a tributary of the Mahoning River is lobbying a federal judge to stay out of prison.

Forty-six-year-old Mark Goff of Newton Falls will be sentenced next week for violating the Clean Water Act.

Authorities say in 2012, Goff obeyed an order from his boss Ben Lupo, and poured brine and chemicals into a storm sewer at Hardrock Excavating property on Salt Springs Road.

The maximum sentence for violating the Clean Water Act is three years in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $50,000 per day of violation or $250,000, whichever is larger.

Goff's attorney has filed a ten page sentencing memorandum in court, accompanied by letters from eleven friends, acquaintances, former employers and family members attesting to Goff's character and asking the judge for leniency.

The defense attorney points out that his client readily admitted his participation in the crime when questioned by investigators.  He is asking the judge for probation instead of prison time.

63-year-old Lupo faces up to three years in prison when he is sentenced on August 5.

The other former Hardrock employee convicted of violating the Clean Water Act is on probation.

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