Gary Southern was the president of Freedom Industries in January 2014, when the company caused a chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginia residents without water. In the aftermath of the spill, nearly 400 people were treated for nausea and vomiting, and residents were advised not to drink, cook with, or bathe in tap water for as long as 10 days.

For this — for spilling 10,000 gallons of pollutants into the Elk River, for leaving the residents of nine counties without water — Gary Southern was sentenced this week to 30 days in prison and a $20,000 fine. The recommended sentence under federal guidelines was 24 to 30 months in prison and a fine of up to $300,000, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Southern is hardly the first white-collar criminal to receive a tap-on-the-wrist punishment. At the sentencing, the judge even said, “Like the others, this defendant is hardly a criminal,” referring to the four Freedom officials already sentenced for their part in the spill — all of whom, by the way, received probation.