Climate Activist Gets 2 Years For Oil Lease Scheme

Law360, New York (July 27, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT) -- An environmental activist was sentenced Tuesday in Utah to two years in prison for allegedly making fraudulent bids for Bureau of Land Management oil and gas leases in order to prevent the development of scenic land parcels.

U.S. District Judge Dee Benson sentenced Tim DeChristopher, a 29-year-old climate change activist, to a 24 months in prison and 36 months of supervised release. The judge also ordered the defendant to pay $10,000 in restitution, and he was immediately taken into custody.

DeChristopher admitted he posed as a...
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