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jury finds McDavid guilty

After deliberating for 11 hours over two days, a federal court jury has found Eric McDavid guilty of conspiring to blow up government and other facilities as part of an eco-terror plot.
The verdict came late Thursday afternoon following a trial that relied heavily on the testimony of an undercover FBI informant who was known to jurors only as "Anna" and who presented evidence of conversations McDavid and two companions had about blowing up the Nimbus Dam, a U.S. Forest Service facility in Placerville and other targets.

Two of McDavid's co-conspirators accepted plea deals from the government and testified in the case. McDavid's lawyer argued that he was a victim of entrapment by "Anna" because of the money and help she provided the conspirators.

He could face five to 20 years in prison.

Travesty 27.Sep.2007 21:39

saddened

It was so obviously a government set up. I wonder where the jurors' heads were while the testimony went on? The only people who should be convicted in this case are "Anna," who clearly led them and baited them all on, and the US government, who directed "Anna," and who bankrolled the whole sordid affair.

I hope that he appeals, and I hope that someone outs "Anna." She needs to receive the public scorn that she deserves.

anna's credibility 28.Sep.2007 09:37

snitch

At a news conference, Scott and Drew Parenti, the special agent in charge of the FBI in Sacramento, had glowing words for "Anna's" performance.

"Her conduct while undercover, as well as her testimony on the stand during this trial, were nothing short of remarkable," Scott said.

The jurors were not as impressed.

"Initially, I saw her as credible, but eventually her bias became apparent," one juror said, expressing the feelings of most of his fellow jurors. "We did feel a lot of times she was pushing."