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Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was indicted for breach of duty following an investigation into disastrous decisions that resulted in the provision of lead-contaminated water to residents and a regional outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.

The charges, according to a court file published online, are misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of $ 1,000.

No governor or former governor in Michigan’s 184-year history had been charged with crimes related to their term in office, according to the state archivist.

Snyder’s attorney, Brian Lennon, said he believes “there is no evidence to support any criminal charges against Governor Snyder,” adding that the state attorney’s office has not provided details yet.

Lennon said Tuesday that a criminal case would be “unheard of.” Snyder and others were scheduled to appear in court Thursday, after which state attorney general Dana Nessel will hold a press conference.

In addition to Snyder, a Republican who ruled Michigan from 2011 to 2018, charges are planned against others, including former officials who served as state health director and advisers.

Flint was in chronic financial trouble in 2014 when a Snyder-appointed emergency manager who ran the mostly African-American city decided, in order to save money, to tap into the Flint River while building a regional pipeline from Lake Huron.

However, the water was not properly treated and lead was released from old pipes that led to homes, in one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in American history.

Despite desperate pleas from residents displaying containers of foul, cloudy water, the Snyder government took no action until a doctor reported elevated lead levels in children about 18 months later.

“I’m sorry and I’ll fix it,” Snyder said in a 2016 State of the State address.

Authorities counted at least 90 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Genesee County, including 12 deaths.

Some experts determined that there was insufficient chlorine in the water treatment system to control legionella bacteria, which can cause a severe form of pneumonia when spread through cooling and spray systems.

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