AZ activist agrees to community service, not jail

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Posted: Dec 22, 2009 12:28 PM

An activist accused of leaving water jugs in the desert for immigrants has decided to complete 300 hours of community service rather than go to jail.

Twenty-eight-year-old Walt Staton had vowed not to comply with his sentence for leaving the water on a southern Arizona wildlife preserve last year.

He was convicted of littering in June after he was cited last December by a Fish and Wildlife agent.

The area is known as a popular route for illegal immigrants.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Guerin gave Staton until Monday's evidentiary hearing to think about his decision or face 25 days in jail.

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Information from: Green Valley News, http://www.gvnews.com