Rhinelander Sentencings

March 1, 2009 at 4:42 am (Announcements and Advisories, Rhinelander)

According to various news sources, Bryan Lefey (aka Bryan Rivera) and Katherine Christianson have both been sentenced for their roles in a 2000 ELF action at a US Forest Service research facility in Rhinelander, WI.

Lefey, who to our knowledge took a non-cooperating plea agreement in November 2008, was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

Christianson, who took a cooperating plea agreement in November 2008, was sentenced to 2 years.

Both have been ordered to pay restitution.

In December 2008, cooperating codefendant Aaron Ellringer was sentenced to four days in jail for his role in the action.

Snitch Ian Wallace, who’s cooperating role in the investigation is believed to have spurred the Rhinelander indictments, admitted his involvement in the Rhinelander action in a September 2008 plea agreement relating to an attempted ELF arson at Michigan Tech University in 2001. In exchange for the plea, he will not be federally prosecuted for his role in Rhinelander and other ELF actions. We believe that Wallace has not yet been sentenced for the Michigan Tech action.

Green Scare prisoner Daniel McGowan– currently serving a 7-year sentence- was also involved in the Rhinelander action, but will not be prosecuted federally for it as stipulated in his 2006 non-cooperating plea agreement. McGowan has steadfastly refused to cooperate in the Rhinelander investigation, and in summer 2008 his federal sentence was suspended for a brief time while he was held in civil contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury about the action.

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