Two men were sentenced in Carlton County for vandalizing an Enbridge pipeline worksite in February.
Shawn Ray Etsitty, 25, of Mentore, N.M., and Harvey Dale Goodsky, Jr., 29, of McGregor were convicted of felony first-degree damage to property.
Etsitty was sentenced Aug. 13 and Goodsky was sentenced July 16 in Sixth Judicial District Court, each to three days in jail, with credit for three days served; three years supervised probation; community work service; and $4,220.50 in restitution.
According to the criminal complaint, squads from the Carlton County Sheriff's Office were dispatched at 3:43 a.m. Feb. 8 to the Casper Construction worksite on County Road 61 in Twin Lakes Township, where security guards reported seeing the suspects near the construction equipment.
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The suspects fled into the woods when discovered, but officers followed their tracks in the snow to apprehend them.
Sand had been poured into a large excavator’s radiator and oil reservoir, and a glue-like material was injected into the keyhole of its cab. The dashboard of a tracked vehicle had been ripped out, and wires behind it were cut. Its oil reservoir also was damaged.
Etsitty was found to be carrying wire and a list of multiple pipeline job sites in Carlton County.
The Duluth News Tribune contributed to this report.