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!

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…

Supporter Update, Oct 15 & 16, New Sentencing Dates

By Bill Ofenloch | August 28, 2020

  The six remaining Kings Bay Plowshares defendants have had their sentencing dates moved from September to October 15 and 16. They had requested a continuance because they want to appear in open court in Georgia and the virus situation there is still too out of control to safely allow it. Steve Kelly has now…

New Sentencing Dates – Oct. 15 & 16

By Bill Ofenloch | August 27, 2020

The 6 remaining plowshares defendants have been given new dates for sentencing on Oct. 15 and 16 in Brunswick, GA. There is the good likelihood that sentencing will go forward on these dates after numerous delays. What isn’t clear is whether all the defendants will appear in person or if some will choose to appear…

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,…

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.…