Eco-protesters to be sentenced this week

Mar 3, 2014

A trio of environmental activists will find out this week whether they will face prison time for a 2013 protest.

The three women were convicted in January of trespassing and obstruction charges. They and a fourth member of the group Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands attached themselves to heavy machinery to protest the installation of a new oil pipeline near Stockbridge.

The four did not detach themselves after being ordered to by law enforcement officers during the 2013 incident.

On Wednesday, the judge may sentence three of the defendants to up to two years in prison on the felony obstruction conviction.

The fourth protester entered a guilty plea to the obstruction charge and was sentenced last month to 13 months probation.