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Environmental activist to serve out sentence in UT

Posted: October 7, 2012 4:00 a.m.
Updated: October 7, 2012 4:00 a.m.

This Feb. 28, 2011 file photo, shows environmental activist Tim DeChristopher waving to supporters at the Frank E. Moss Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City.

 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An environmental activist who disrupted an oil and gas auction for land near Utah's national parks will finish out the final six months of a federal sentence at a Salt Lake City halfway house.

Tim DeChristoper drew a two-year prison term after he was convicted last year in Salt Lake City federal court for fraudulently bidding on leases in an effort to keep the parcels undeveloped.

He'll be housed until Oct. 24 at the Herlong Federal Prison in Northern California.

His attorney, Pat Shea, told the Deseret News (http://bit.ly/Q4m8E8 ) that DeChristopher has lined up a job at the First Unitarian Church, which will enable him to join a work-release program.

Shea says DeChristopher has talked about possibly enrolling at Harvard Divinity School to become a Unitarian minister.

 

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