timberland laptop bag Chico State fraternity pleads guilty to Lassen Forest vandalism
Attorney Phillip Talbert announced Thursday.
The fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, and its former president Evan Jossey both pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of illegally cutting or otherwise damaging any timber, tree or other forest product, according to court documents. Magistrate Judge Craig Kellison sentenced the fraternity to 9,800 hours of community service, a three year term of probation and a $4,000 fine.
The fraternity also was ordered to pay $4,
387.97 in restitution to the Lassen National Forest.
Jossey was given a $1,000 fine and a term of court probation, which will end when the fine is paid in full.
The charges stemmed from an incident the weekend of April 21 at the Deer Creek Trailhead campground in Lassen National Forest, where more than 30 trees were cut down during an initiation of pledges to the fraternity, according to court documents.
In an interview with a Tehama County sheriff deputy, Jossey acknowledged the fraternity retreat but cutting down trees or shooting any firearms or seeing any members cut down any trees or shoot firearms, according to the affidavit.
The Forest Service officer who filed the affidavit noted that he visited the campsite May 5. The officer wrote that he found 32 fresh trees that had been chopped down with a bladed object, such as an ax or hatchet. Fifteen other trees sustained chop marks but were still standing.