Man charged with shooting pipeline sentenced in unrelated case

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The man charged with shooting a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline has been sentenced for an unrelated conviction.

Daniel Lewis, 38, was sentenced Thursday in state Superior Court to three and a half years in prison for breaking into a U-Haul business last September, stealing a safe and driving off with a truck.

Robert Bush, 38, was sentenced to two years in prison for his role in the crime.

Lewis is scheduled to go on trial next month for the shooting last October of the trans-Alaska pipeline, which caused a 285,000-gallon oil spill. If convicted, he could face up to 22 years in prison.

He also faces up to 10 years in prison after his conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. That sentencing is scheduled for November.

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