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should be 42 years, a bit light I'd say from the US DA....
1 posted on 04/12/2004 5:09:39 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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“I should not be here today,” said Linas, dressed in a dark suit, his friends and family dabbing tears from their eyes at the back of the courtroom. “I should be at school, studying.”

Aaron, honey, don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

2 posted on 04/12/2004 5:14:38 PM PDT by Catspaw
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"his passion for the environment....." Puhleeze!

Like he said, “I should be at school, studying.”

Too bad he didn't think of THAT back in 2002.

3 posted on 04/12/2004 5:15:32 PM PDT by EggsAckley (.......John Kerry suffers from delusions of adequacy........)
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“I should be at school, studying.”
No, you should be in prison learning about the "Pirates of the Posterior."
5 posted on 04/12/2004 5:21:48 PM PDT by steveo (Wagonqueen Family Truckster - You think you hate it now... just wait until you drive it!)
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Maybe the young man will get to visit Butner, NC.

I frequently get to shoot IDPA matches with the correction officers there.

They enjoy meeting radical young men and introducing them to the joys of pepper spray.

One of the COs shared the following story with us. A young man, new to the facility, decided to mouth off to my friend in the yard, rather than simply follow his instructions.

The COs carry fire extinguisher sized cans of pepper spray. My friend proceeded to thoroughly wet the young man down. As per prison regs, he then escorted the teary eyed young man to the showers.

The fellow continued to mouth off all the way to the showers. The CO watched and waited while the young man wetted down his face and hair. When the CO felt there was sufficient 'runoff' to wet the young mans tender regions, he turned off the water and took him back to his cell.

A slightly diluted solution of pepper spray on the family jewels is no fun.
6 posted on 04/12/2004 5:24:22 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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Short Pump Town Center Mall

Sounds like a cute name for his prison cell.

8 posted on 04/12/2004 5:26:25 PM PDT by Blue Screen of Death (,/i)
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RICHMOND — Decrying environmental sabotage as “extremely troubling” and “arrogant,” a federal judge Monday sentenced a member of the radical Earth Liberation Front to 42 months in prison for a 2002 vandalism spree in greater Richmond that damaged new homes, SUVs, construction equipment and fast-food restaurants. Burning homes? You can potentially kill people doing that. These terrorists shoud get life in prision, without parole!!! EnviroSCUM that they are!!!
9 posted on 04/12/2004 5:26:25 PM PDT by Redemption (We all seek it at some point.)
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Perhaps the "Earth" will move for him once he settles in at prison. Ouch!
11 posted on 04/12/2004 5:28:10 PM PDT by Solamente
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Young Aaron is quite right. Unfortunatly he was striken with a severe attack of the dumb a** and will have time to reflect on his transgressions. Old adage: Act in haste, repent at leisure.
14 posted on 04/12/2004 5:32:14 PM PDT by Adrastus (Peace through superior fire power.)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 13, 2004
WWW.USDOJ.GOV
Main Street Centre 804/819-5400
600 E. Main Street Fax 804/771-2316
Richmond, Virginia 23219-2447

Contact: Ann Helms
(804) 819-5400



NEWS RELEASE

Paul J. McNulty, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, announced today guilty pleas of three members of the Earth Liberation Front ("ELF") on charges of conspiracy to destroy by fire vehicles and property used in interstate commerce. Adam Blackwell, age 20, pled guilty on December 18, 2003; Aaron Linas, age 18, pled guilty on January 7, 2004; and John Wade, age 18, pled guilty this morning. Each faces a maximum sentence of five years' imprisonment when sentenced by United States District Judge James R. Spencer in April. These are the first convictions in the country of ELF members.

ELF is an international group of people who use violence rather than legal means to draw public attention to environmental causes they choose to pursue. The greater Richmond area, including Goochland and Henrico Counties, was hit with such acts of eco-terrorism between July and October 2002. In all, over $200,000 in damage was done to businesses located in these areas. Some examples of the damage include:

pouring sugar into the gas and hydraulic tanks of construction vehicles and breaking the vehicles’ electrical systems;
defacing the glass windows of McDonald's and Burger King restaurants with etching cream;
destruction of the electrical systems, doors, and windows of homes under construction in Goochland County;
attempts to destroy a crane and other construction vehicles being used at a construction site for the Short Pump Town Center;
permanently marking the words AELF@ and ASUV@ on the windows and bodies of 25 SUVs at the Universal Ford dealership on Broad Street;
destruction of a Jeep owned by Whitten Brothers Jeep Chrysler by smashing windows and denting the vehicle's body with a bat or pipe, and slashing the leather seats; and
destruction of SUV’s at residences in Henrico County.
In each of these incidents, the perpetrators proudly left messages claiming responsibility on behalf of ELF.


The three defendants, all of Henrico County, were students of Douglas Freeman High School in the Spring of 2002 and were members of the Friends of the Earth environmental club - a legitimate extra-curricular activity of the school. However, they soon developed a reputation for having extreme views on the environment. They particularly did not like SUVs, McDonald’s and Burger King restaurants, and suburban sprawl. They became dissatisfied with legitimate means of environmental activism and turned to the violent and criminal means of ELF.

Wade and Linas were both juveniles at the time of the offenses and are being tried as adults because they were nearly 18 at the time of the offenses and engaged in sophisticated offenses that indicated adult behavior. Both Wade and Linas have waived the juvenile certification procedure, believing that they would be certified as adults for their conduct.

Each defendant has agreed to pay full restitution of $204,021.86, to the parties as set out in the plea agreements made available today. These figures were determined by the actual damages caused by the actions of these three individuals.

Mr. McNulty stated:

Make no mistake about it, this behavior endangers human life. Such violent conduct is not an appropriate way to express discontent with environmental policy and will not be tolerated.

Also announcing the pleas are Donald Thompson, Special Agent-In-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Richmond Resident Office; Goochland County Sheriff James L. Agnew; and Henrico County Chief of Police Col. H. W. Stanley, Jr.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brian Hood.

15 posted on 04/12/2004 5:32:47 PM PDT by HighWheeler (Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country. - Marion Barry)
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At least the judge recognized it as criminal, and the DA didn't plea bargain down to a slap on the wrist. 42 months may not be enough, but it's better than the 'nothing' these kind of people have been getting.
16 posted on 04/12/2004 5:34:14 PM PDT by Kay Ludlow (Free market, but cautious about what I support with my dollars)
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$200,000 in damage

Judge should put punks like him in a work camp, at minimum wage, until he works off the $200,000 damage he did. And, make sure it's well known that other mindless punks like him will meet the same fate.

21 posted on 04/12/2004 5:45:14 PM PDT by FlyVet
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Not one word about any monetary compensation to the owners of the homes and property that were damaged. Why not let him work a few years (after his release) to pay off the damage he caused?
25 posted on 04/12/2004 5:47:49 PM PDT by richmwill
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"Linas is the first of three former students....to be sentenced for conspiring to cause more than $200,000 in damage to vehicles and structures..

So do they get off without paying for what they destroyed?

If not, they, or more like them, will be back to do it again.

26 posted on 04/12/2004 5:48:48 PM PDT by nightdriver
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According to the story, he learned most of this environmental radical pap at school in that "club," then took what he learned to it's natural conclusion. Some of our schools are turning out fanatics every bit as violent as their Islamo-fascist brethern overseas, the "cause" is simply different.
27 posted on 04/12/2004 5:49:00 PM PDT by A Jovial Cad ("dated Kimber; married Glock")
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These jerks trashed a McDonalds in my old neighborhood while I lived there. The clowns did a lot of damage; there should be some form of monetary restitution to go with the jail time.
32 posted on 04/12/2004 5:55:52 PM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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There's nothing special about this punk. He chose to become a common criminal and the judge is treating him as such. Hope his two buds get treated the same way.
33 posted on 04/12/2004 5:56:14 PM PDT by upchuck (Pay attention!! This tagline changes on an irregular schedule and without prior warning.)
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...described the environmental vandalism as “serious, violent felonies.”

If that's true, and I have no doubt that it is, then we should be talking at least a 10 year sentence. Armed robberies at a sum of $200,000 could realistically get a guy a 10 year sentence, so why not give that sentence to a guy who committed "serious, violent felonies" where property owners took a loss of $200,000?

And, it's a damn good thing for this skiffy punk that the law caught up with him before some property owners did.

36 posted on 04/12/2004 6:10:07 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Bad spellers of the world untie!!)
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Matt Geary and Jeffrey Galston , attorneys for Linas, described their slender young client as bright, caring, passionate and determined. He was a Boy Scout, a camp counselor and had volunteered at a local nursing home.

And a dangerous idiot.

39 posted on 04/12/2004 6:23:42 PM PDT by jackbill
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“I should not be here today,” said Linas, dressed in a dark suit, his friends and family dabbing tears from their eyes at the back of the courtroom. “I should be at school, studying.”

To bad the judge didn't give the punk this message: "No duffus! You belong here now! You should have BEEN in school studying then and not out acting like an idiot!"

41 posted on 04/12/2004 6:31:28 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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“I should be at school, studying.”

Shucks, Aaron, look on the bright side. A whole legion of high school students will look at you... um, "serving the prison community", as it were... and maybe they'll learn from your example. When your radical teachers, who have nothing to lose themselves, tell your peers to go out and vandalize property, maybe they'll stay in school... studying.

42 posted on 04/12/2004 6:42:58 PM PDT by Starve The Beast (I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused)
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