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April 23, 2014

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Reno woman charged for cutting down trees

Felonious landscaping, the reckless guillotine of three Ponderosa Pine trees, could land a 58-year-old Reno women in federal prison.

Patricia Vincent apparently wanted to improve her Incline Village view, so she hired a tree cutting business to whack the 80-100 year old-growth obstructions. Trees that just so happened to be on a U.S. Forest Service

Lot. A lot designated by the Forest Service as an "environmentally sensitive urban lot designed to protect the Lake Tahoe Basin," according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

The charge: One count of Willingly Injuring or Committing any Depredation Against Any Property of the United States and one count of Theft of Government Property.

The penalty: Up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine per count.

The view: From the inside of a federal prison cell? Not so great.

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