Animal Rights Activist Who Aided Firebombings Sentenced to 5 Years


One by one, members of the 1990s radical environmentalist movement dropped out of sight. By indictment or forcing them underground, federal prosecutors dissolved “The Family,” the loose-knit group of animal-rights activists and environmentalists blamed for fires at a ski resort, lumber mills and wild-horse corrals.

Two former members are still at large, and 10 people pleaded guilty in 2007 to conspiracy and arson charges. Among those 10 were some who gave up information on their fellow activists.

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