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Dakota Access protester gets 3 year federal prison sentence

September 28, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for starting a barricade fire on a bridge during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Authorities say Michael Markus of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and several others started the fire on Oct. 27, 2016, on a Morton County road bridge. No one was hurt.

The Bismarck Tribune reports Markus reached a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to civil disorder. A more serious charge of using fire to commit a federal felony was dismissed. He’ll receive about two months credit for time served and will be eligible for release after serving 85 percent of his sentence.

The protests drew thousands of people to southern North Dakota and resulted in 761 arrests in a six-month span of 2016 and 2017. Of those arrests, seven people were charged with federal crimes.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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