But we learned on Tuesday that Blankenship has actually been out on home confinement for the last 30 days, according to WV MetroNews.
His home confinement came after his move to a halfway house back in March.
Blankenship served time for his conviction of conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards at the Upper Big Branch Mine where 29 miners died in 2010.
On Tuesday, the former U.S. attorney who prosecuted Blankenship called his release to home confinement insulting to the victims.
“You know, I really hope that that time that he spent in prison was used to reflect on all of the pain that he caused,” Booth Goodwin said. “I hope when he gets out and when he is finally able to walk free and breathe free air that he will try to make amends, but I am not holding my breath.”
Blankenship is the highest-ranking coal executive to go to prison for workplace safety violations.