Tim DeChristopher who faked Utah energy lease bids sentenced to 2 years

Published On July 27, 2011 | By Matt Gratz | Activism, direct action, political prisoners, Protest, social justice

LA Times

Tim DeChristopher is also fined $10,000 for winning bids on 22,000 acres in Utah that he couldn’t pay for at a federal energy auction.

A Utah man lionized by environmentalists for crashing a 2008 government auction of energy leases near two national parks was sentenced to two years in prison and fined $10,000 on Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Dee Benson in Salt Lake City ordered Tim DeChristopher taken into custody immediately.

“I’m not saying there isn’t a place for civil disobedience,” Benson said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, “but it can’t be the order of the day.”

In March, a jury convicted DeChristopher, 29, of two felonies: making a false statement and violating laws on oil and gas leasing. He was not allowed to testify about his motivations for bidding.

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