Rebecca Rubin, Vail arson conspirator, ordered to serve five years, read Malcolm Gladwell book

A federal judge in Oregon has sentenced environmental activist Rebecca Rubin to five years behind bars -- and to read a Malcom Gladwell book -- for her role in setting several fires, including a 1998 act of arson in Vail that caused $12 million in damage.

As a member of a radical environmental group known as The Family, Rubin, a 39-year-old Canadian citizen, hit targets across the western U.S., freeing horses from a ranch in California and helping set incendiary devices in a logging company's office in Oregon.

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