Coal King Reports to Low Security California Prison

Donald Blankenship to serve a year for actions related to 2010 mine disaster.

— -- West Virginia coal boss Donald Blankenship has reported to a low security prison in California to begin his one-year sentence, a spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons told ABC News.

Blankenship is in custody at Taft Correctional Institution, a privately-operated facility in Taft, Calif, the official said. A website for the facility says it “strives to be a leader in social impact by helping offenders prepare to successfully re-enter society.”

After the disaster, a federal safety inspection found that "if basic safety measures had been in place... there would have been no loss of life at UBB [Upper Big Branch]."

Attorneys for Blankenship filed an emergency motion Tuesday in hopes of convincing the judge to allow Blankenship to remain out of prison on $1 million bail as his case goes through appeal. Prosecutors argued that the motion was redundant, that the defense had already made that request. This morning the judge sided with prosecutors and denied Blankenship's motion.