A Grand Junction man was sentenced to federal prison for destroying federal land with a bulldozer.
Robert Timothy Allen was sentenced on Tuesday to 13 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Marcia S. Krieger, according to a press release by the United States Attorney’s Office.
Allen was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay $20,300 in restitution to the Bureau of Land Management to repair the land he damaged.
Allen was convicted following a three-day trial that ended on Aug. 14.
Allen was charged for damaging federal land in Saguache County between July 24, 2013, and May 22, 2014.
After his indictment, Allen evaded arrest for nearly two years before being arrested in 2018.
According to evidence presented at trial, Allen dug-up about three acres of federal land with a bulldozer. While he claimed to be lawfully prospecting federal land, he received four official notices from the BLM and the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety that he was violating the law, and he was ordered to stop.
“The defendant damaged precious resources that will take money and time to repair,” said U.S. Attorney Jason R. Dunn in the press release. “The consequences of his actions, and his felony conviction, will follow him for the rest of his life.”
Another fact considered at sentencing was that Allen made threats to turn his arrest into an armed conflict.
Allen’s felony conviction also means he can no longer legally possess firearms.