Plea Deal Reached in Tahoe Tree-Cutting Case

RENO, Nev. (AP) - An Incline Village woman charged with hiring a
company to cut down three old-growth Ponderosa Pines to enhance her view of Lake Tahoe will not face trial.

U.S. District Judge Brian Sandoval has canceled Monday's trial for Patricia Vincent and scheduled a change of plea hearing for May
1.

According to court records, Vincent's defense lawyer Scott Freeman and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ron Rachow indicate a "resolution" has been reached.

Vincent, 58, was indicted by a federal grand jury in January on charges that she hired a commercial company to remove three trees,
believed to be 80 to 100 years old, from U.S. Forest Service land
adjacent to her property.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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