Marie Mason–the longtime environmental activist who was charged for the 1999 Earth Liberation Front (ELF) arson at Michigan State University (MSU) earlier this year–has accepted a non-cooperating plea agreement. A statement from her support collective reads:
We apologize for the lack of updates lately. Marie’s attorney and the US Attorney have been in negotiations for the majority of the summer. After months of soul searching, reflection, and consideration Marie has entered into a tentative agreement with the US Attorney plead guilty to three of the four charges she was originally charged with. The US Attorney has agreed to drop the remaining count. Her plea agreement calls for a prison sentence between 15 and 20 years.
Since her arrest Marie’s primary concern throughout this entire process is to ensure that her actions, statements and decisions do not empower the state to do harm to any one else. After discussing the situation over with Marie and reviewing the plea agreement in detail those of us involved with Marie’s support crew Got Your Back believe wholeheartedly she has remained true to her principles and original intent and will continue our solidarity and support efforts for our friend as long as they are needed.
This has been an extremely difficult time for Marie and her family. Marie is thankful for all the support and wishes to be as transparent as humanly possible about about her choice and plea agreement. Please understand we will be posting more details and a complete unredacted copy of her plea agreement as soon as it is accepted and filed by the court but we wanted to get word out about this update and upcoming court date out as soon as possible.
We are encouraging people to come out and support Marie at her change of plea hearing which is scheduled for Sept. 11, 2008 at 11am before Magistrate Carmody at the Federal Building located at 666 Federal Bldg 110 Michigan St NW Grand Rapids MI 49503. Be sure to arrive early and dress appropriately for court. We expect sentencing to take place at a later date before Judge Paul L. Maloney in Kalamazoo, MI.
Its all about the Struggle,
Got Your Back Collective