Many of the Kings Bay Plowshares were sentenced recently. Here are some updates. Be sure to check out their website as the activists will be reporting to prison soon.
Carmen Trotta was sentenced to 14 months in the morning session. This was a downward departure based on the judge granting his objection that the seriousness of his criminal history was overstated by the probation report.
Clare Grady was sentenced in the afternoon in a three hour session. She was sentenced by Judge Wood to one year and one day which is well below the guidelines. Both defendants were also sentenced to three years supervised probation and ordered to “jointly and singly” pay restitution of $33,501. Carmen requested that he be able to self report to prison in 30 days and Judge Wood agreed to recommend that. Clare requested 90 days.
Martha Hennessey received 10 months in federal prison, restitution, and three year’s supervised probation.
Fr. Steve Kelly was sentenced in Brunswick on Oct. 15 to 33 months incarceration, three years of supervised release and restitution ($33, 501 shared jointly with other defendants). He has served 30 months in pretrial confinement in Georgia jails so should have completed this sentence with the addition of accumulated good time. Steve still has to answer for a probation violation from a previous arrest so may be taken to Tacoma in Washington State to face the judge there.
Patrick O’Neill was sentenced on Oct 16 to 14 months in prison and the same probation and restitution. He will have to self report to prison when ordered by the Bureau of Prisons within the next 90 days.
Liz McAlister was sentenced to time served (17 months) in June.
#EdPoindexter is on a wait list of commutation applicants & high-risk for COVID. Please write, email & call the Board of Pardons & request they expedite Ed’s application, schedule his hearing, & immediately commute his sentence.
We are happy to report that Jared (Jay) Chase has finally been released from prison after eight+ hard years. Jay was one of the NATO 3, arrested in 2012 in Chicago, Illinois in an entrapment scheme organized by the Chicago police department.
This was the first time the state of Illinois charged people with conspiracy to commit terrorism, and it was simply for protesting NATO. Thanks to many awesome people on their legal team, and broader community support, they were found not guilty on all terrorism related charges Jay and his two codefendants were convicted on one felony. Jay was sentenced to the longest time, 8 years.
This sentence was beyond terrible but especially awful because Jay Chase has Huntington’s disease. He was diagnosed with it back in 2013 and the disease has been progressing since then. Huntington’s is a terminal disease that affects his motor skills and cognitive ability.
Jay is out, but he has a long fight ahead of him with this disease. There is no cure for Huntington’s but there is treatment that can slow symptoms and prolong life. Jay did not receive proper health care in Illinois state prisons but we want to get him proper care now that he is free.
Donations will be used to: 1) get Jay set up with basic necessities people need, 2) medical care, and 3) housing.
Leonard Peltier is a Native American political prisoner and American Indian Movement (AIM) activist, serving two consecutive life sentences for a crime he was framed for— the 1975 killing of two FBI agents on the Oglala Sioux reservation. After the acquittal of his codefendants and being extradited form Canada under false pretenses, Peltier was convicted by an all white jury 12 in a hostile town. Peltier has appealed his sentence many times and has sued the FBI for withholding thousands of pages of important legal documents from FOIA requests.
He is an accomplished painter and writer, having published his memoir, Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance, in 1999. Peltier has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize multiple times. His defense campaign continues to advocate for executive clemency and his transfer close to home. More information: whoisleonardpeltier.info
Leonard Peltier #89637-132 USP Coleman I Post Office Box 1033 Coleman, FL 33521
Bill Dunne is an anti-authoritarian sentenced to 90 years for the attempted liberation of comrades from Seattle’s King County Jail in 1979 and for attempting to break himself out of Leavenworth Penitentiary in 1983. Bill was charged with possession of an automatic weapon, auto theft, and aiding & abetting the escape. Charges further alleged the operation was financed by bank expropriations and facilitated by illegal acquisition of weapons and explosives.
Bill and his codefendant, Larry Giddings, were accused by police of being “members of a small, heavily armed group of revolutionaries,” associated with the Wellspring Communion. Dunne has made the rounds of the federal prison system–including a stint at the infamous Control Unit in Marion, Illinois, where he assisted prisoners with political & academic education. Bill also organizes solidarity runs in conjunction with the Anarchist Black Cross Federation’s Running Down the Walls and has edited & written for 4 Struggle magazine.
Bill went before the parole board in the winter 2014, was rejected and given a 15 year ‘hit’ (meaning he cannot go back to the board for that time period).
Write: Bill Dunne #10916-086 FCI Victorville Medium I Post Office Box 3725 Adelanto, CA 92301
One part of NYC ABC‘s every-other-week Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinners is presenting updates and announcements. These typically relate to PPs, POWs, or are especially relevant to folks in NYC. Since February 2011, we’ve been printing and mailing hard copies of the updates and announcements to about a dozen imprisoned comrades.
In April 2013, along with Denver Anarchist Black Cross and Sacramento Prisoner Support, we expanded printing and mailing to include all U.S. held political prisoners and prisoners of war. As of September, 2014, that work has diffused over several support crews, collectives, and individuals. On this page you will find an archive of what we’ve compiled since mid-March 2011. Please download and mail the current edition to prisoners with whom you correspond and share links with those who might be interested in doing the same.