Trial for alleged pipeline shooter delayed

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The trial for alleged oil pipeline shooter Daniel Lewis has been postponed until Nov. 12.

The 38-year-old Livengood man agreed Monday to waive his right to a speedy trial.

Prosecutor Kevin Burke asked to postpone the trial, which had been scheduled to begin Sept. 23. The prosecution's key witness, Alaska State Troopers Investigator Eric Olsen, won't be available at that time.

The delay puts the trial more than a year after Lewis allegedly shot up the trans-Alaska oil pipeline 75 miles north of Fairbanks. He is accused of piercing a hole in the pipeline after firing five rounds at it. More than 285,600 gallons of oil spilled and cleanup costs have topped more than $7 million dollars.

Lewis faces felony charges of criminal mischief, assault, misconduct involving weapons and driving while intoxicated.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as 22 years in prison. He also faces up to 10 years for his conviction on a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm the day of the pipeline shooting.

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