Man gets prison for killing trees to protect Vegas view |

Man gets prison for killing trees to protect Vegas view

LAS VEGAS (AP) ” A 61-year-old man has been sentenced 18 months to five years in prison for destroying more than 500 trees in Henderson.

Douglas Hoffman of Goodyear, Ariz., also was ordered to pay nearly $250,000 in restitution for cutting down or poisoning 546 trees from October 2004 until his arrest in November 2005.

Authorities say Hoffman destroyed trees to protect the view of the Las Vegas Strip from a home in the age-restricted community of Sun City Anthem.

A jury in November found him guilty of seven felony and three gross misdemeanor charges of malicious destruction of trees on the land of another.

A prosecutor said at Hoffman’s sentencing Monday that Hoffman might face additional charges for allegedly sending rambling letters threatening terrorist acts to Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons, the president of homebuilder Pulte Homes and media outlets.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

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