Eugene arsonist sentenced for parole violation

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- An arsonist who avoided federal prison five years ago by helping lock up Earth Liberation Front activists was sentenced Thursday in Eugene to 27 months in prison for violating terms of his probation.

A federal judge said the sentence will be served at the same time Jacob Jeremiah "Jake" Ferguson serves his recent five-year state prison sentence for selling heroin.

The 38-year-old Eugene man was on probation under a 2008 plea deal for his role in arsons by an ELF band known as The Family. Targets included a meat-packing company, car dealership, ranger station and lumber company.

The Register Guard reports an assistant U.S. attorney asked Judge Ann Aiken to make Ferguson's federal sentence follows his state time, but she decided it would be served concurrently.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com