Legal update

Welcome to the Kings Bay Plowshares Legal Collective Page! Here we will provide updates on the legal process, legal documents that may be helpful to fellow travelers, and documents relating to the necessity defense and international law. Thanks for visiting!

Mark Colville Released from Prison Today, September 10

By Bill Ofenloch | September 10, 2021

Mark Colville was released from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, NY on September 10. He had been there for three months. He had served enough of his sentence including time before trial in Georgia county jails to be released without home confinement or time in a halfway house. He was met by Luz, his…

Appeal to be Argued Friday, Aug. 13, Clare Grady Released to Home Confinement

By Bill Ofenloch | August 11, 2021

Appeal to be Argued Friday, Aug. 13, Clare Grady Released to Home Confinement. Friday, August 13 at 9:30 am ET, three KBP7 attorneys will be giving fifteen minutes together of oral arguments before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, GA. KBP7 attorney, Bill Quigley, stated, “The appeal challenges the way the District Court…

Dec. 15 Update – Carmen and Martha Enter Prison, Fr. Steve Kelly Being Moved

By Bill Ofenloch | December 17, 2020

Carmen Trotta and Martha Hennessy, two of the Kings Bay Plowshares disarmament activists, self-reported to federal prisons December 14 to begin their sentences. Carmen was driven by a group of community members and friends from St. Joseph House Catholic Worker in NYC to the prison in Otisville, NY, about a two hour drive. Before leaving…

Prison Begins for Carmen and Martha Dec. 14

By Bill Ofenloch | December 8, 2020

Carmen Trotta has been ordered to report to the Otisville federal prison camp near Middletown in NYS to begin serving his 14 month sentence on December 14. He has already served 7 weeks pre-trial so should be getting out in less than a year with good time. He may receive an earlier release because of…

Oct. 29 Update – Four Defendants To Seek More Delay For Sentencing, Welcome the Anti-Nuclear Treaty

By Bill Ofenloch | October 29, 2020

Amidst national spikes of more than 81,000 COVID-19 cases and 1,016 US deaths on Oct. 28th, the remaining four Kings Bay Plowshares 7 defendants have decided to request further postponement of their sentencing scheduled for November 12 and 13 in Brunswick, GA. Nationwide there has been a 41 percent increase in COVID-19 cases in the…

Two Sentenced in Oct., Four Scheduled for Nov. 12, 13

By Bill Ofenloch | October 19, 2020

Fr. Steve Kelly was sentenced in Brunswick on Oct. 15 to 33 months incarceration, three years of supervised release and restitution ($33, 501 shared jointly with other defendants). He has served 30 months in pretrial confinement in Georgia jails so should have completed this sentence with the addition of accumulated good time. Steve still has…

Patrick O’Neill Sentenced to 14 months

By Bill Ofenloch | October 17, 2020

October 16, 2020 Patrick Challenges Judge, Judge Surprises Patrick BRUNSWICK, GA—In a decision likely unexpected by both the defendants and prosecutors, a federal judge today passed down a significantly lower prison sentence to one of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. Judge Lisa Godbey Wood sentenced Patrick O’Neill of Garner, NC, to 14 months in prison…

Fr. Steve Kelly Sentenced to 33 Months

By Bill Ofenloch | October 16, 2020

Fifteen supporters in a carefully Covid masked and distanced courtroom witnessed Father Steve Kelly receive a sentence of 33 months today. After a 20 minute delay to get the telephone conference line working and properly muted 160 people listened in to the proceedings on the audio link. Fr. Steve’s sentence falls at top of his…

Two Sentenced in Oct., Fr. Steve Kelly’s Presentence Declaration

By Bill Ofenloch | October 12, 2020

Fr. Steve Kelly was sentenced  on Oct. 15 to 33 months incarceration, three years of supervised release and restitution. He has served 30 months in pretrial confinement so should have completed this sentence with the addition of good time. Steve still has to answer for a probation violation from a previous arrest so may be…

New Zoom link for Oct 11 Festival of Hope, Two to be Sentenced Oct 15 & 16, Four Others Continued Until Nov 12 & 13

By Bill Ofenloch | October 9, 2020

Father Steve Kelly and Patrick O’Neill are scheduled to be sentenced in Brunswick, GA on October 15 & 16 at one in the afternoon. It is hoped that the two will be combined on October 15 but that now appears unlikely.  The remaining four defendants, Carmen Trotta, Martha Hennessy, Mark Colville, and Clare Grady, were…