Miner Sentenced for Building Unauthorized Road

An Ester gold miner has been sentenced to six months in jail for building an unauthorized mining road and intentionally damaging another person's mining equipment

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS - An Ester gold miner has been sentenced to six months in jail for building an unauthorized mining road and intentionally damaging another person's mining equipment.
   
Kevin Bergman was sentenced Monday. Bergman also was ordered to pay more than $40,000 in restitution. He is to report to jail by Sept. 1.
   
Bergman was convicted last year of two counts of criminal mischief. He has maintained his innocence.
   
At sentencing, Bergman said Alaska State Troopers have treated him unfairly by not investigating a rival miner he accused of vandalizing his property.
   
Prosecutor Andrew Baldock says troopers did investigate Bergman's complaint. He says Bergman's conspiratorial accounts suggest he needs a mental health evaluation.