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Power grid vandal Jason Woodring sentenced to 15 years

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Jacksonville resident Jason Woodring, 38, whose meth and Nostradamus-inspired attacks on the Arkansas power grid I wrote about in a cover story last year, was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday, having plead guilty in March to federal charges including destruction of an energy facility, setting fire to a power station, using fire to commit a felony and possession of firearms, ammunition and drugs. He will also be required to pay $4,792,224.06 to Entergy and $48,729.39 to First Electric Cooperative for damage to various downed power lines in 2013.

In federal court yesterday, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Linda Satter, Woodring finally addressed his actions.  “We live in uncertain times,” he is quoted as saying. “I’ve talked to a lot of people in the last 15 years from all walks of life ... Black, white, rich, poor, male, female. The consensus seems to be that things are getting worse in society.” After his infant son's death in 2007:  “I kind of stepped back and tried to find ways to make things better. … I started to show people what I was learning, and get them involved … but everybody was too busy with these distractions. I got frustrated trying to get everybody’s attention. I thought that if I could take the power out, it would take away all these things that distract people … and we could all listen to what’s really important.”

“When I went up there on that 500,000-volt power line," he said, "I actually thought I was going to be helping people." 

Woodring will appear in Pulaski County Circuit Court June 29 to face two state charges of first-degree criminal mischief and in Lonoke County Circuit Court next Wednesday to answer to drug and gun charges. 

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