Judge sentences ex-Green Party candidate

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An ex-Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate has received his sentence for illegally protesting a new oil pipeline in the region.

Calhoun County Circuit Judge James Kingsley gave Christopher Wahmhoff a two-month suspended jail sentence yesterday and placed him on one year's probation.

Wahmhoff was convicted Dec. 16 of resisting police and trespassing. In June 2013, the 36-year-old Kalamazoo man spent about 10 hours inside an open pipe in Fredonia Township.

The pipeline was under construction for Enbridge, the Calgary, Alberta company, whose ruptured pipeline spilled 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River system in 2010.

The energy transporter Enbridge and emergency responders said the protest cost them several thousand dollars.

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