Tacoma, WA: Update on Justin Solondz’s non-cooperating plea hearing

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Today at the federal courthouse in Tacoma, Washington, prisoner comrade Justin Solondz appeared before the federal court in his first appearance in the United States. In 2006, the federal government accused him of several federal criminal charges in relation to Earth Liberation Front activities: conspiracy, arson, making an unregistered destructive device and using a destructive device during a violent crime.

The charges against Justin were based on the testimony of snitches related to “the Family” case within the FBI Operation Backfire. In particular, the federal case against him is largely based on the testimony of snitch Briana Waters, who chose to take a cooperating plea deal after hearing of Justin’s plan extradition back to the United States. In the plea Water’s provides information incriminating Justin in at least two acts of arson, although he is only pleading to one act, along with conspiracy.  Justin’s plea agreement recommends 7 years without the terrorism enhancement and over 6 million dollars in restitution.

Justin remained a fugitive from the law in China with false identification, living free until late 2009 when he was jailed by the authorities of China. He was extradited to the US in the summer of this year to be prosecuted for these charges.

He appeared strong, in good spirits, and when he spoke to the court about his crimes he did so without remorse. Smiles and winks were exchanged.

It’s important to realize that of the four others who participated in the arson of the University of Washington Horticulture Center, William “Avalon” Rodgers remained non-cooperative until he took his own life in a jail cell. While the three others Lacey Phillabuam, Jennifer Koehler, and Briana Waters ALL took cooperating pleas incriminating others who participated in the action. Despite all of this betrayal, Justin has remained strong and has taken a firm stance against cooperating with the State, never turning on his comrades.

Justin’s sentencing is scheduled for March 16th 2011 at 1:30PM at the federal courthouse, 1717 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, Washington. The attendance of all supporters is encouraged.

We are in communication with Justin and his family, a support website will be launched soon with regular updates on Justin’s situation in prison.

Solidarity with all non-cooperating Green Scare prisoners!

Joseph Dibee, Josephine Overaker, and Rebecca Rubin on the run from power, stay free forever!

Long Live Avalon! Your fire eternally burns in our hearts!

For the destruction of civilization!

– Anonymous for the Freedom of Eco-Prisoners and of the Earth

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