Eco-arsonist sentenced for heroin sales

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by Michael Rollins

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Posted on June 28, 2011 at 7:24 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 28 at 7:37 AM

EUGENE — An arsonist who avoided federal prison five years ago by helping lock up Earth Liberation Front activists is headed to state prison for selling heroin.

The Register Guard reports 38-year-old Jacob Jeremiah "Jake" Ferguson of Eugene was sentenced Monday in Lane County Circuit Court to nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty to selling heroin, possessing cocaine and endangering his 4-year-old daughter in the process.

He was on probation under a 2007 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. Ferguson is depicted as the leader of the group in the documentary "If A Tree Falls."

He faces a probation revocation hearing July 14 in federal court.

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