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The Latest: Jury: Homeless advocates violated camping ban

In this Tuesday morning, April 5, 2017 photo, from left, Therese Howard, Randy Russell and Jerry Burton speak to reporters before heading into a courtroom in Denver, to stand trial for allegedly violating the city's camping ban. The three defendants are trying to turn the tables on the city by drawing attention to what they think is an immoral law that makes it dangerous for homeless people trying to survive on the street. (AP Photo/Colleen Slevin)

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the trial involving three advocates for the homeless who are accused of violating Denver’s camping ban (all times local):

6 p.m.

Three homeless advocates have been convicted of violating Denver’s camping ban, one of many that have been enacted in rapidly gentrifying cities across the country.

Jurors deliberated for about three hours Wednesday before convicting Randy Russell, Jerry Burton and Terese Howard, who received probation and community service. The three, who were ticketed in November, contend that the city’s law prohibiting camping on public property makes it dangerous for homeless people trying to survive on the streets.

City officials have said there is enough space in shelters to house Denver’s homeless population. People who have pets or do not want to follow shelter rules cannot stay in them.

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1:30 p.m.

Three advocates for Denver’s homeless are being tried and could face a year in jail for trying to camp outside city hall.

Randy Russell, Jerry Burton and Terese Howard contend the city’s law prohibiting people from camping on public property makes it dangerous for homeless people trying to survive on Denver’s streets.

They were ticketed by police last November after setting up blankets and sleeping bags.

They face maximum penalties of up to a year in jail each or a $999 fine if convicted in their jury trial.

Closing arguments in the case were scheduled for Wednesday.

City officials have said there is enough space in shelters to house Denver’s homeless population.

People who have pets or do not want to follow shelter rules cannot stay in them.

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