updated 6/4/2007 9:30:47 PM ET 2007-06-05T01:30:47

A federal judge sentenced a New York man to seven years in prison Monday for his part in two arsons claimed by the Earth Liberation Front.

He was the ninth of 10 people who pleaded guilty to the charges to be sentenced.

Daniel McGowan had pleaded guilty to conspiracy and arson in fires set at a lumber mill office in Glendale and a tree farm in Oregon. Judge Ann Aiken declared the fire at Jefferson Poplar Farms in Clatskanie an act of terrorism because of a communique issued by the group afterward that spoke of altering legislation.

McGowan was part of a Eugene-based cell of the Earth Liberation Front that was responsible for more than 20 fires set in five Western states from 1996 through 2001, which did $40 million worth of damage.

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