- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 4, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - This is a test of the Associated Press and is not intended for Publication or Broadcasting.

A federal prosecutor says the college student who disrupted an auction of oil-and-gas parcels for environmental reasons doesn’t face up to 10 years in prison.

In rare comments for an active case, U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman told reporters on Friday that Tim DeChristopher wouldn’t get anything close to the maximum if convicted on a pair of auction-rigging charges.

Tolman was trying to deflect criticism that he was being heavy-handed with a pair of felony charges accusing DeChristopher of interfering with a federal auction and making false representations.

By the book, DeChristopher could face up to 10 years in prison on the combined charges, but Tolman says he’s willing to cut DeChristopher a deal.

The 27-year-old University of Utah economics major was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for running up prices and winning bids he didn’t pay for at a December auction.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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