Snitch Ian Wallace's Cooperating Plea Agreement
As many of you already know, snitch Ian Wallace recently plead guilty to his involvement in an attempted ELF arson at Michigan Tech University in 2001. He took a cooperating plea agreement, viewable here: http://midwestgreenscare.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/wallace-plea-agreem...
In the agreement, Wallace also admits to his involvement in three other acts of eco-sabotage. These are:
1. Apr. 1, 2000 - University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN - (vandalism) vehicles and building, U.S. Forest Service, North Central Research Station, St. Paul Annex; loss $25,186.
2. Jul. 20, 2000 - Rhinelander, WI - (property destruction) 500 research trees, U.S. Forest Service, North Central Research Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory; loss $1,000,000.
3. Jan. 26, 2002 - University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN - (arson) Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics construction site; loss $630,000.
Ian Wallace, who has been cooperating in ELF investigations for some time, has entered an agreement that legally binds him to cooperate fully with the State. Though we believe that most (though not necessarily all) statutes of limitations on these acts have expired by now, we are nonetheless urging folks throughout the Midwest and the country to bear in mind that Wallace's cooperation may still result in indictments of other people. This only highlights the need for the development of strong radical networks able and ready to resist State repression. We encourage you to start educating yourself and your community about non-cooperation with the State and to keep building movements of resistance to the system in all its oppressive manifestations.
Aaron Ellringer Takes Cooperating Plea Agreement
We are disheartened to write that Aaron Ellringer, indicted in the Rhinelander case because of the activities of Snitch Ian Wallace, has himself turned snitch and taken a cooperating plea agreement. The agreement- viewable here: http://midwestgreenscare.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/ellringer-plea.pdf- reduces his own charge to a misdemeanor and requires that he testify fully and truthfully as to his "involvement in criminal conduct, as well as to the involvement of all other individuals known to [him]." Over the past several months, we made the decision to refrain from commenting on Aaron's status as much as possible in order to respect his desire not to be publicly associated with radical eco-movement. We did that on the understanding that he was not intending to cooperate with the State. Unfortunately, we were proven wrong.
Aaron Ellringer- who lives in Eau Claire, WI, and works at Just Local Foods, a cooperative grocery store- will be sentenced on December 9th. At this time, we expect Bryan Rivera and Katherine Christianson to go to trial in this case on December 1st, making it clear that Aaron's level of cooperation in their trial will be a deciding factor in his sentencing the week after.