Environmental Activist Could Get 10 Years in Prison For What He Did

Environmental activist Ken Ward in Washington State has been convicted of second degree burglary after he shut off an emergency pipeline valve in a climate change protest. He faces up to ten years in prison and $20,000 in fines, according to a report in The Seattle Weekly.

The incident occurred last October at a tar sands pipeline. The jury couldn’t reach a verdict on a “sabotage” charge but found him guilty on the burglary conviction. Ward will learn his sentence on June 22.

Speculation is he might spend a year or two in prison since he has no prior felony convictions.

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