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A federal judge has sentenced one of the few remaining federal defendants indicted from a protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

U.S. District of North Dakota Chief Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced James White on Wednesday to time served with two years of supervised release.

As part of a plea deal, White pleaded guilty to one count of civil disorder, and prosecutors moved to dismiss the more serious charge of use of fire to commit a federal felony, which Hovland dropped.

White had been on pretrial release at Solen. He was indicted with several others related to a barricade fire set on the Morton County Road 134 bridge on Oct. 27, 2016 — one of the most chaotic days of the protests, as law enforcement swept south along North Dakota Highway 1806, clearing a camp erected on a pipeline easement.

Seven people were indicted in Bismarck's federal court for charges related to the pipeline protest.

Two await adjudication, including Brennon Nastacio, on pretrial release in Detroit, and Brandon Miller-Castillo, who has yet to be arraigned on the joint indictment from February 2017.

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