Frank Ambrose–an environmental activist who became a government informant–was sentenced to 9 years in prison on Monday for his role in an Earth Liberation Front (ELF) arson at Michigan State University (MSU). In addition, Ambrose was ordered to pay $3.7 million in restitution to MSU.
Ambrose worked as an FBI informant since August of 2007 and went well beyond what most informants do, traveling to several states and recoding over 100 telephone conversations. Because of this, his attorney asked for a sentence of 5 years while prosecutors sought a 7-year sentence. The 9 years ordered by the judge is far less than the twenty which he was originally facing.
Ambrose was quoted in the press saying “I wish I could take all I did back. I’ve changed significantly from all those years where I did the bad things.”