Homeless Man Jailed for Dumping 4 Tons of Garbage in National Forest


A western Colorado man was sentenced this week to six months in federal prison as punishment for leaving about 8,500 pounds of debris at an encampment near Telluride.

Federal prosecutors say Benjamin Yoho, 41, dumped the debris between October 2014 and April in the Uncompahgre National Forest near the Jud Wiebe Trail.

Authorities say he built a structure in the forest where he lived.

Yoho was also sentenced to one year of probation in the case.

He was convicted of residing, maintaining a structure and leaving debris on national forest land.

A 48-person crew of volunteers and state officials removed the litter with the help of a helicopter in May, Colorado’s U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

“This was no ordinary case of littering in the national forest. This was full-scale trashing of the public lands and merited a term of incarceration,” U.S. Attorney John Walsh said in a statement.

Yoho pleaded not guilty to the charges.

SOURCE: Jesse Paul
The Denver Post