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Elizabeth McAlister Sentenced Today to Time Served and Supervised Probation

By Bill Ofenloch | June 8, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 8, 2020 CONTACTS: Bill Ofenloch, 212-369-1590, billcpf@aol.com Mary Anne Grady Flores, 607-280-8797, gradyflores08@gmail.com www.kingsbayplowshares7.org    Today 80 year-old Elizabeth McAlister was sentenced to time served and three years supervised probation and restitution for her part in the Kings Bay Plowshares disarmament action more than two years ago at the Trident submarine base in Georgia. US…

Frida Berrigan’s Statement at Sentencing of her Mother, Liz McAlister, June 8, 2020

By Bill Ofenloch | June 8, 2020

Good morning, friends, My name is Frida Berrigan and I am here to speak on behalf of my mom, Elizabeth McAlister, one of the co-defendants in the Kings Bay Plowshares. I’m here in New London, Connecticut with my husband Patrick and our three kids, Liz’s grandchildren- Madeline, 6; Seamus, 7; and Rosena, 13. My brother…

May 25 Update – New Sentencing Dates, June 8, 29 & 30

By Bill Ofenloch | May 28, 2020

  SENTENCING DATES CHANGED FOR KINGS BAY PLOWSHARES 7 On Friday, May 22, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the Southern District Federal Court of Georgia in Brunswick assigned new dates for seven defendants, according to the Kings Bay Plowshares’ attorney, Bill Quigley. Many of the defendants had asked the court to postpone their May 28th…

Update on Sentencing Dates, Sept. 3 & 4

By Bill Ofenloch | May 21, 2020

The sentencing dates for the six remaining defendants have now been pushed back until the beginning of September. Liz McAlister was sentenced by video conferencing with the court on June 8. She was sentenced to time served, 3 years of supervised probation and a portion of the $33,000 restitution. (See recent news) On September 3,…

Letters to Judge Wood – No prison in time of Covid-19

By Bill Ofenloch | May 17, 2020

Although the defendants did not want letters sent to Judge Wood asking for leniency, many supporters have wanted to write asking that they not be sent to prison in a time of Covid-19. There is still time to write directly to the judge. If you know individuals personally you can attest to their good character…

Sentencing Dates Set for May 28, 29

By Bill Ofenloch | April 10, 2020

Dear Friends, After a six-month wait, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood has set two dates at the end of May for sentencing the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 defendants who were found guilty on Oct. 24, 2019 for their nonviolent symbolic disarmament action at Kings Bay Naval Base. On May 28th, Carmen Trotta of the NYC- St.…

April 2020 Update and Second Anniversary Video

By Bill Ofenloch | April 6, 2020

Dear Friends, This April 4th marked the second anniversary of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 disarmament action. It’s also a time of grave danger for people around the planet with the emergence of the novel corona virus, especially among the poor, the imprisoned, the homeless, the sick, communities of Color, the elderly, and the marginalized.…

Clare Grady’s Closing Statement at Trial, Oct. 24, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | March 23, 2020

Thank you to everyone here in this courtroom, you the jury, the people witnessing, the lawyers, the clerks, the district attorney, the judge, the marshalls, I trust that all of us are doing our best here. Thank you. I want to take a moment to remember my father John Peter Grady. Yesterday was the anniversary…

Patrick O’Neill’s Closing Statement, Oct. 24, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | March 11, 2020

Well, we’re coming to the end of a long, and I hope not too boring week of testimony. Thank you for your attentiveness and patience. It’s been quite a trial up to this point, and soon it will be time for the 12 of you to deliberate the facts of this case that you have listened…

Mark Colville’s Closing Statement at Trial, Oct. 24, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | March 10, 2020

I think the evidence has shown that you are being asked to sit in judgement over seven people who are clearly caught between a rock and a hard place. The rock is our faith in Jesus Christ, His command to love our enemies and to lay down our own lives rather than take the life…