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A father-son duo that illegally cut down lodgepole pine trees in the Malheur National Forest pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday.

Forty-six-year-old Terry Kevin Burton of Wilder and 22-year-old Brent L. Burton of Homedale are charged with theft of government property. Prosecutors say they made several trips to cut down the trees last May, and further damaged the forest by creating an illegal trail.

Neither man had a timber cutting license.

The Burtons agreed to pay $3,880 in restitution as part of a plea deal. Both still face up to a year in prison at their July 9 sentencing.

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