Marie Mason has possibly set a new World Record: the longest sentence for any environmental prisoner in the United States! In The Land of the Free, Marie will be joining almost two-and-a-half million of her fellow citizens held in federal or state prisons or in local jails.
Marie was arrested on March 10, 2008 by federal agents. She was charged with involvement in a December, 1999 arson at a Michigan State University genetics laboratory at Agriculture Hall and a January, 2000 arson of logging equipment in Mesick, Michigan. Both arsons were claimed by the Earth Liberation Front.
Last month, she was sentenced to 21 years and 10 months for her part in the arsons. Her former husband, Frank Ambrose, who became an FBI informant and cooperating defendant, was sentenced to 9 years last October.
On a sadder note, Xavier Maniguet, one of four French spooks who blew up the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour in July 1985, killing Dutch-Portuguese photographer Fernando Pereira, has died in a plane crash.
Two agents, Dominique Prieur and Alain Mafart, were later jailed for 10 years for manslaughter.
However, French lobbying and threats of retaliation against New Zealand agricultural exports to Europe, led to a deal under which they were transferred to Hao Atoll, in French Polynesia, in exchange for reparations payments.
They returned to France after a short time.