Former Sinclair Worker Charged


by K2 News Desk, info@k2tv.com 
 
A Rawlins man is facing serious criminal charges for allegedly tampering with valves at the Sinclair refinery in Carbon County. Authorities say the motive was to give workers the day off. 
 
27-year-old Bryant Willingham is a former employee who was working as a contractor in October 2012. Police say Willingham admitted to turning two valves in a hydrocracker unit, causing the unit to fill with hydrocarbons. 
 
Court records say Willingham had been joking with other workers about wanting to go home for the day. But operations manager Ray Hanson says the tampering could have led to the release of deadly hydrogen sulfide. 
 
Willingham is charged with aggravated assault and battery, as well as making "terroristic threats."