Pipeline Protester Convicted of Felony, Sentence Deferred

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Dakota Access pipeline protester has been convicted of a felony in Morton County, but has a chance to expunge his record if he stays out of trouble.

The Bismarck Tribune says Judge Daniel El-Dweek convicted 21-year-old Rodrick Joe of felony tampering with a public service Thursday. Joe was arrested in November 2016 while protesting at a railroad tracks crossing near Mandan. El-Dweek deferred a nearly yearlong sentence, giving Joe a chance to keep his record clean.

Joe was among 25 people arrested at the railroad crossing after two Burlington Northern Santa Fe coal trains were delayed. At least two other defendants are set for another felony court trial before El-Dweek on similar charges.

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