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Man gets 90 days for national forest vandalism

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 24-year-old Canton man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for damaging a national forest in the North Carolina mountains with his vehicle.

Authorities say Tyler Pace was with a group of people who drove up to the Max Patch area of the Pisgah National Forest in January.

Prosecutors say Pace tore down a gate allowing the vehicles to drive into an area where they were prohibited.

Authorities say Pace has repaid more than $5,000 in damages he did to the peak near the Tennessee line and the Appalachian Trail that provides a full view of the surrounding mountains.