OKC Thunder Part-Owner Dies in Car Crash One Day After Being Indicted

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On Tuesday, Oklahoma City Thunder part-owner Aubrey McClendon was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice for conspiring to rig purchase bids for oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.

On Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the indictment, McClendon was involved in a single car crash that claimed his life.

According to the Oklahoma City Police Department, McClendon was traveling well above the speed limit at the time of the crash. Witnesses say he went off the road, through a grassy area, and straight into an embankment. His 2013 Chevy Tahoe caught fire after the crash and it is believed that he died instantly. McClendon was 56 years old.

According to the indictment, McClendon “orchestrated a conspiracy between two large oil and gas companies to not bid against each other for the purchase of certain oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma” between December 2007 and March 2012. The penalty for such a crime under the Sherman Antitrust Act is a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $1-million fine for each individual involved.

Hat Tip – [ESPN]

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