Radical environmentalist gets five years probation
Posted by The Associated Press June 03, 2008 14:16PM
EUGENE - A radical environmentalist who helped federal officials round up a militant cell of arsonists called "the Family" has been sentenced to five years on probation.
Jacob Ferguson pleaded guilty in October to arson and attempted arson for his role in the string of 20 fires set across the West from 1996 to 2001 to protest logging and environmental damage to the forests.
Ferguson admitted setting fire to the U.S Forest Service Ranger Station in Detroit, Ore., and a government pickup in 1996.
He turned informant in 2004 as investigators were closing in on the radical group that caused more than $40 million in damage.
Ten members were sentenced to federal prison last year after pleading guilty to arson and other charges.