Eugene, OR - On Friday, October 26, at 1:30 pm in Eugene's federal court, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken will sentence Jacob "Jake" Ferguson, the government's lead informant in the Oregon "Operation Backfire" cases. Ferguson is a self-admitted arsonist who participated in setting over a dozen fires. Ferguson is scheduled to enter a change of plea to only one charge of arson and sentencing will follow. The government is recommending that Ferguson be sentenced to no jail time at all, no financial fines or restitution, but simply to serve a brief period of probation. Judge Aiken previously sentenced other defendants in these cases to between three and 13 years in federal prison. Many of the other defendants were also given a "terrorism enhancement," even though none of the arsons resulted in any injuries or loss of life.
(For more information see the next post "Oregon Eco-Sabotage...)