It's been a long road to get here...
The legal battle is finally over. On August 29th, Peter signed a plea
offer from the prosecution. On Friday September 2nd, Peter will plead
guilty in Federal Court to two counts of animal enterprise terrorism
charges. He is expected to receive the maximum sentence of 2 years. With
4 months in, and 2 months good time, Peter is expected to walk free in
just over 18 months (March 2007).
The deal has been in the works behind the scenes for 2 weeks. After
working out the sticking points, an agreement was reached that both Peter
and his lawyer were happy with. The deal breaker came when the prosecution
agreed to include in the agreement, resolution of an additional out of
state charge, to which Peter will plead guilty with time to run concurrent
to his federal sentence. We have avoided publicizing this unrelated third
charge until the dust settled to avoid unwanted publicity effecting the
outcome, but will make the full details available shortly.
The federal charges which Peter will be pleading:
Conspiracy to release mink from 6 fur farms in South Dakota, Wisconsin, and
Iowa; and the actual release of 2400 mink from a farm in Medford, Wisconsin.
Altogether, Peter' involvement led to the release of approximately 10,000 mink who
would have otherwise been brutally murdered for their fur.
While an activist doing prison time for selfless acts is never "good
news," given the weight of Peter's initial charges which carried the
maximum of 82 years, the current climate of law enforcement over animal
liberation tactics, and the number of fur farm raids which Peter was
accused, we can at least say this: it could of been much worse.
It is worth noting that this is the same deal reached by Peter's
co-defendant, Justin Samuel, the crucial difference being Justin turned
informant to the FBI, while Peter refused cooperation at every phase and
received the same sentence.
Peter credits the outcome to the hard work of his attorney- who is made
possible by so many generous benefactors - as well as everyone who wrote,
donated money, passed out flyers, held benefits, visited
him in jail, and a wonderful support team - all who made an otherwise
difficult time - easy.
While the hearing on Friday with be rather short, people from the mid-west
are encouraged to come.
When: Friday, Sept 2nd at 11am
Where: 120 N Henry St, Madison WI (4th floor)
Please stay tuned to the website, www.SupportPeter.com,
for a statement
from Peter as well as more updates!
Don't forget to write Peter!
Peter Young #223341
Dane County Jail
115 W Doty St
Madison, WI 53703