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…

Bernadette Naro’s Statement at Sentencing of her Father, Patrick O’Neill

By Bill Ofenloch | October 17, 2020

Good Afternoon. I want to begin my testimony today with some of my earliest memories of my dad.  When I was four years old, my parents moved from our small house where the three of us lived, into a much larger house to start a Catholic Worker Community. The extra rooms in our new house…

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…

Patrick O’Neill’s Sentencing Statement

By Bill Ofenloch | October 17, 2020

Sentencing Statement   Good Afternoon Judge Wood, Greg Gilluly, all the U.S. Attorneys, Keith and all of the great defense attorneys who have assisted me, and all of the other court personnel. We are slowly moving toward the end of this long ordeal (at least the courtroom portion of it for me). As I have…

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…

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…

Carmen Trotta’s Closing Statement at Trial, Oct. 24, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | March 10, 2020

Carmen Trotta’s Final Closing Court Statement I want to talk to you about a couple of words. Many of us have testified that we believe that Jesus is the word. Words can be very potent; they can pierce your hearts. Two words in particular come to mind. The first is malicious. The word is often…

The Trial of the “Kings Bay Plowshares 7” in Brunswick, GA, Oct. 21-24, Was Less a Search for Truth Than a Perpetuation of a Deadly Cover-Up by Mary T. Yelenick, Pax Christi USA, Nov. 27, 2019

By Bill Ofenloch | November 27, 2019

  The contortions of the American legal system – functioning to conceal not only the horrific dangers posed by nuclear weapons, but the very fact of their placement in our communities  – were on full display at the recent Kings Bay Plowshares jury trial, which took place in federal court in Brunswick, Georgia from October…