11 activists sentenced for climbing Mount Rushmore

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Sentences for 11 Greenpeace members who climbed Mount Rushmore National Memorial in July to hang an anti-global warming banner range from jail time to community service.

The activists were sentenced Monday in federal court in South Dakota. All pleaded guilty to illegally climbing Mount Rushmore while charges such as interfering with a government official were dismissed.

Six were sentenced to 50 hours community service, plus a $450 fine each. The other five had prior trespassing convictions. Four of them received 10 days suspended jail time with 100 hours of community service. The last received two days in jail.

A judge ordered that all community service be done at a national park, preferably at Mount Rushmore.

Greenpeace earlier agreed to pay more than $30,000 in civil penalties.


Information from: KOTA-TV, http://www.kotatv.com