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Environmental Activist Heads To Prison

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah environmental activist has been sentenced to two years in prison for derailing a 2008 government auction of oil and gas leases near two national parks.

Tim DeChristopher was convicted of two felony counts of interfering with and making false representations at a government auction in March. He was sentenced to three years of probation, fined $10,000 and taken into custody immediately.

The maximum sentence was 10 years in prison.

The 29-year-old former wilderness guide is the first person to be prosecuted for failing to make good on bids at a lease auction of Utah public lands. He ran up bids on 13 parcels totaling more than 22,000 acres near Arches and Canyonlands national parks.

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