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Mohawk admits misdemeanor charge in landfill case

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A Mohawk who dug up part of a toxic landfill near his reservation home in northern New York to protest federal plans to leave it there permanently has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief.

Court officials say 58-year-old Larry Thompson was released on his own recognizance Monday after admitting to the reduced charge. He could face up to a year in jail for the misdemeanor. Sentencing is scheduled for March.

Thompson said after his Aug. 11, 2011, arrest that he was frustrated by a government decision to cap the landfill instead of removing the chemicals.

He drove a backhoe from adjacent family property through a fence onto the former General Motors Massena plant.

He blames toxins at the site for cancers among his family and other Akwesasne residents.

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