SALT LAKE CITY — An environmental activist who disrupted an oil and gas auction for land near national parks has arrived in Utah to finish out the final six months of a federal sentence at a Salt Lake City halfway house.
Timothy DeChristoper drew a two-year prison term after he was convicted last year in Salt Lake City federal court for fraudulently bidding on leases in an effort to keep the parcels undeveloped.
The federal Bureau of Prisons is allowing him to finish the sentence with fewer restrictions because of good behavior.
His attorney, Patrick Shea, said his client has lined up a job at the First Unitarian Church, which will enable him to join a work-release program.
Shea says DeChristopher may be eligible for house arrest in February.