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Sunday, December 21 2014 @ 02:27 AM CST

Activists Face Hard Time

News ArchiveSubmitted by Chuck0:

The clampdown continues: On June 11, Jeff Luers, a 22-year-old radical environmentalist who goes
by the activist name Free, was sentenced to a jaw-dropping 22 years and 8 months in prison for
two arson incidents in Eugene, Oregon. His co-defendant, Craig "Critter" Marshall, is serving 5 ½
years, after having accepted an earlier plea-bargain in the case.

"It just tore a piece of me out," said my friend B., who spent many days and nights in a treesit with
Free, 200 feet above the ground in a stand of ancient Douglas firs about 25 miles east of Eugene, as
part of an ongoing campaign to prevent logging in the Fall Creek watershed. "This guy is like a gift
to humanity – I mean it, full on, a gift to this world – and this is what they do to him: he's buried
alive."

To the authorities – and much of the general public, no doubt – Free is an eco-terrorist, pure and
simple. Before his sentencing, the young activist admitted lighting a June 2000 blaze at Eugene's
Romania Chevrolet dealership, which destroyed three pickup trucks, causing $40,000 in damage.
(Most of his sentence – 15 years, with no possibility of parole – is for this incident.) Free was also
convicted of attempting to ignite an empty gasoline tanker at Tyree Oil Company in May 2000,
which he denies.

Read more: http://www.free-radical.org/

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