Much to everyone's surprise, Cottrell was not rewarded for his cooperation
with the courts, but instead was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.
This sentence sends out a strong message that informants will no
longer find favours with the courts.
I think actually it sends a message that the state didn't consider Cottrell an informant... He didn't tell them anything useful, because they already knew that if Cottrell was involved, so were Tyler and Oe... On the other hand, Cottrell's not viewed as having been cooperative with the courts or the FBI - he wouldn't play their game in the run-up to the trial, he refused to renounce his ecological views... The state don't like him, and neither do we.