Lookout Point Dam photographer sentenced

EUGENE, Ore. — A 21-year-old Eugene photographer who pleaded guilty to entering a restricted area at Lookout Point Dam was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to 60 hours of community service at the dam, which is operated by the Corps of Engineers.

Wiley Roy Nelson avoided jail. In a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed a charge of entering military property for an unlawful purpose.

The Register-Guard reports officials initially feared the intruder who jumped a fence in the early hours of March 2, 2011 may have been a terrorist.

Nelson said he went to the dam to take long exposure photographs of the water downstream. He told the judge he was stupid to ignore "no trespassing" signs.

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