Plea deal reached in Tahoe tree-cutting case
April 23, 2008
RENO (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.