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New Mexico man sentenced in Dakota Access pipeline protest

October 23, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The fourth of seven people charged with federal crimes stemming from protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota has been sentenced to a year and four months in prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Dion Ortiz, who is from the San Felipe Pueblo reservation in New Mexico, was indicted with several others in February 2017 for a fire set on a country road bridge in October 2016.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Ortiz reached a deal with prosecutors under which he pleaded guilty to civil disorder and the government dropped a more serious charge of using fire to commit a federal felony.

Ortiz was given credit for time served and could be released from prison in April.

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