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Russell man to pay $10,000 for cutting trees at Lake Cumberland

A Russell County man has admitted illegally cutting trees on federal property at the edge of Lake Cumberland to improve his view of the lake, a federal prosecutor said Friday.

Leigh B. Miller pleaded guilty to destruction of vegetation on public property. He was ordered to replant 40 trees and pay $10,000 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the lake, according to news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill in Louisville.

Miller was able to "illegally obtain a scenic view" from his summer home by cutting trees on federal land along the edge of the lake and by clearing brush with fire and herbicides over several years, the news release said.

The crime was a misdemeanor.