The man convicted of littering and trespassing while perched in a tree at Lowell Observatory last August also faces possible restitution.
Protester James Kennedy was attempting to stop construction on a pipeline headed to Arizona Snowbowl by raising a wooden platform about 70 feet in a tree at Lowell and tying it to construction equipment below.
The Flagstaff Fire Department proposes to charge Kennedy nearly $612 in restitution for costs related to getting Kennedy out of the tree.
Kennedy left the tree during a lightning storm, just ahead of firefighters’ moves to evacuate him, a chief at the Flagstaff Fire Department said.
“The act that I am convicted of is an act of nonviolent civil disobedience,” he told the judge Wednesday.
Kennedy requested community service, citing his work and volunteerism with homeless, suicidal and abused teens, drug addicts and preschoolers, and his status as a double-major at Northern Arizona University.
“I am unemployed and completely broke,” he said.
Kennedy asked for a hearing on restitution, challenging the amount sought.
The move prolonged his sentencing and added a hearing, set for June 20 at 9 a.m.