Man pleads guilty to reduced charge in pipeline break-in

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — An Oregon man awaiting a new trial after a court of appeals overturned a burglary conviction for breaking into a Kinder Morgan oil pipeline facility in Western Washington has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge. The Skagit Valley Herald reports Kenneth Ward of Corbett, Oregon, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Skagit County Superior Court to second-degree criminal trespassing. Ward was found guilty of burglary in 2017 after a 2016 incident in which he allegedly broke into the facility west of Burlington and tried to shut off the pipeline. After that conviction, Ward was sentenced to two days in jail and 30 days of community service. He completed both, and received no additional sentence for his trespassing plea.