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Chico fraternity pleads guilty to cutting down trees in Lassen National Forest

Cropped Photo: Flickr / Forest Service Northern Region / CC BY 2.0

A fraternity chapter from Chico, California has pleaded guilty to illegally cutting down trees in the Lassen National Forest, according to federal prosecutors.

The U.S. Attorney's office for Eastern California said in a statement that Pi Kappa Alpha's chapter at Cal State Chico must serve 9,800 hours of community service and pay a $4,000 fine.

The fraternity must also serve three years of probation and pay restitution of nearly $4,400 to the National Forest, according to prosecutors.

In addition, Evan Jossey, the former president of the fraternity chapter was sentenced to probation and a $1,000 fine.

Prosecutors alleged Jossey and other members of the fraternity cut down 32 trees during an initiation ceremony at Deer Creek Trailhead.

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