Tim DeChristopher Found Guilty of 2 Felonies for Environmental Action

A jury reached a guilty verdict for two counts of felony for Tim DeChristopher, the 29 year-old who disrupted an oil and gas auction in Utah two years ago to prevent the sale of public lands for drilling.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

"We now know I’ll have to go to prison," DeChristopher said. "That’s the job I have to do."

He faces up to 10 years behind bars when he is sentenced later.

"If we want to achieve our vision," DeChristopher said. "Many more will have to join me."

DeChristopher also told his supporters that he’s "not one finger, easily broken, but part of a fist."

"Tim has shown the power of civil disobedience to shine a light," said Bill McKibben, who wrote a landmark book about climate change more than two decades ago. "The government should be giving him a medal, not a sentence."

You can read an AlterNet interview with DeChristopher before his trial here.

AlterNet / By Tara Lohan

Posted at March 3, 2011, 11:42am

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