2 suspects in Dakota Access pipeline protests avoid trial
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two men accused of ramming a private security officer’s truck during protests in southern North Dakota against the Dakota Access pipeline last October have avoided trial.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that Michael Fasig and Israel Hernandez each faced felony charges of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. They’ll have those charges dismissed if they successfully complete probation on lesser misdemeanor counts of menacing and criminal mischief.
Fasig must pay $2,000 in fees and fines and stay out of trouble for the next year. Hernandez must pay $325 in fees, complete 50 hours of community service or pay $500 within a year, and commit no crimes within the next nine months.
A judge in July dismissed a felony terrorizing charge against co-defendant Brennon Nastacio in connection with the incident.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com