A former BP engineer has pleaded guilty to “intentionally causing damage without authorization to a protected computer,” in connection with the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 employees and sent over three million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The engineer admitted that he should have sought permission before deleting text messages between himself and a friend who was a contractor working with him to stop the spill that occurred after the rig exploded in April 2010. He was sentenced to six months of probation, 60 hours of community service and a $25 fee. The plea is minor compared to the initial charges, in which the U.S. government accused the man of obstructing its investigation of the spill and deleting messages that would have revealed the actual amount of oil spilling into the Gulf during the attempt to cap the well.
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