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Walter Bond sentenced to 5 years for arson

14 Feb
See also:
Support Walter
Walter’s Final Statement to the Court
Defiance in the Face of Adversity

Denver Post article:

An animal-rights activist who burned down the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale unleashed a vitriolic and unapologetic speech in federal court today prior to being sentenced to five years in prison.

Walter Edmund Bond told Judge Christine Arguello that he has no remorse for the fire, which he has said he lit under the banner of the radical Animal Liberation Front, or ALF. The fire destroyed the store, which sells items such as sheepskin seat covers and blankets.

“In a society that honors money over life, I am honored to be a prisoner of war,” Bond said.

As Bond raged in the heavily guarded courtroom — at one point saying he wanted Livaditis to “choke on everything you earned” — a member of Livaditis’ family cried in the audience.

Bond, 34, admitted in November that he set the April 2010 fire and pleaded guilty to two felonies. He was arrested July 22.

Going along with the plea deal, Arguello sentenced Bond to five years in federal prison with three years of supervised release afterward. She also ordered Bond to pay nearly $1.2 million in restitution and said he would face additional prison time if he didn’t keep up with restitution payments.

Bond told Arguello he would not willingly make the payments.

Bond is also facing federal charges in Utah for allegedly lighting two arson fires there as part of his animal-rights campaign.

In handing down the sentence, Arguello noted she had received 50 letters, many from people supporting Bond and arguing that the fire harmed no one.

Bond was convicted in Iowa in 1996 for lighting a pentagram on fire inside a church and convicted again in 1997 in Iowa for setting fire to a building [of a meth producer/dealer].

Bond’s speech today stood in contrast to statements his lawyer made on his behalf last month in a court filing seeking to get Bond a reduced sentence of less than four years. In that filing, attorney Edward Harris wrote that Bond had renounced “burning the businesses of those who offend his principles.”

“Mr. Bond … now believes that the better course of action is to limit his advocacy to speech and writing,” Harris wrote.

That sentiment was not evident during Bond’s speech, as he called affiliating with the ALF, “the proudest and most powerful thing I have ever done.” Bond, who has identified himself at times in online writings as “ALF Lone Wolf,” addressed part of his speech to “my vegan sisters and brothers” and encouraged them to keep up their campaign.

About a dozen of Bond’s supporters sat in the courtroom for the sentencing hearing, and they were joined by numerous uniformed and plain-clothed security officers, as well as a bomb-sniffing dog.

After the hearing, many of the activists, some of whom traveled from across the country to attend, said they supported Bond’s statement. Elizabeth Tobier, who has said she has been corresponding with Bond and who flew from New York to attend, said the Sheepskin Factory sold the hides of “enslaved beings.”

“Personally, I think he was extremely effective,” she said of the arson.

Write Bond letters of prisoner support at:

Walter Bond  # P01051760
PO Box 16700
Golden, CO 80402-6700


Assault by Florence prisoner leaves two screws with head wounds

27 Dec

Two correctional officers at a federal penitentiary in Florence are recovering from head wounds after at least one inmate assaulted them.

The Tuesday afternoon assaults at the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence were caused by at least one inmate who used his fists to beat two male guards, said William Edwards, a correctional officer there and head of the AFGE Local 1301 union. Prison officials told 9News an inmate went into a staffer’s office and hit two people in the face.

Thursday: Demonstration in Solidarity with Georgia Prison Rebels

16 Dec

Thursday, December 16th
6:00 PM

Emergency Solidarity Demonstration with Georgia Prison Strike Rebels
Downtown Denver “Justice” Center
Colfax and Elati

From Denver ABC:

Hundreds of prisoners in Georgia have been on “strike” for nearly a week, refusing to work, leave their cells, and in many instances, eat.

They are demanding payment for their labor (Georgia currently pays prisoners nothing for prison labor), better living conditions, decreased costs for phone calls and stamps (Georgia’s costs for these “privileges” are among the highest in the nation) access to education, access to programs that curb substance abuse, and other improvements to the physical conditions of prisoners’ lives in Georgia’s penitentiaries.

Folks on the outside need to step up and show some solidarity with the prisoners of Georgia! Demonstrations have happened in Atlanta and other large cities in the south, with a large demonstration in Richmond slated for the weekend.

Denver Anarchist Black Cross, a social movement defense organization active in the Denver Metro area, is calling for people of conscience in Denver to show solidarity with the courageous rebels in Georgia, who at this very moment are facing extremely violent reprisals for their actions. In several facilities, heat and hot water have been turned off to the cells of striking prisoners, and violent beatings and cell entries have become the norm.

Bring signs, your feelings of love, solidarity, and rage at the prison industrial complex and the ongoing repression and criminalization of poor and working people across the country as we connect the struggle in Georgia’s prisons to the conditions here in the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, where Marvin Booker was murdered by guards in July.

First-ever escape from Sterling prison, FBI in ongoing manhunt

25 Aug

Update: The escapist was caught after several days on the run.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the manhunt for Douglas James Alward, the first inmate to escape from the Sterling Correctional Facility in its 11-year history.

Continue reading

Escapist’s crime spree ends in eastern Colorado

31 Jul

A convenience store clerk in eastern Colorado who recognized the tattoo on Jacob Wolsleben’s leg helped lead authorities to the 26-year-old man after he escaped from Tri-County Hospital in Lexington and zigzagged across five states in five days.

Before his escape, Wolsleben was being held in Dawson County, Neb., on several charges out of Buffalo, Dawson and Lincoln counties, including burglary and writing bad checks. He was taken to the hospital for an undisclosed medical problem and escaped on Saturday.

Wolsleben’s run all came to an end on Wednesday after he stopped for gas at the Ampride in Stratton, Colo.

Store manager Marjo Dietz said she had received a Dawson County Sheriff’s dispatch that described the 6-foot-8, 260-pound Wolsleben and his tattoos, one of them a large ‘W’ with three stars on his right calf.

Wolsleben, who was wearing long pants under the hospital gown when he escaped, was in shorts at the gas station, Dietz said.

When one of her clerks noticed the tattoo on his leg, Dietz said, she knew it was the wanted man.

“If he had long pants on, no one would have noticed,” Dietz said Thursday. “He was nicely dressed. This guy, you wouldn’t have paid attention to normally. He was a nice-looking guy.”

Dietz said she called the Kit Carson County, Colo., sheriff. Deputies spotted Wolsleben driving westbound on Interstate 70 a short time later and a chase began.

According to a Kit Carson County statement, Wolsleben sped away at speeds near 100 mph before crossing the median to avoid stop sticks and turning onto a county road about six miles west of Flaglar, Colo. Officers from Kit County, Lincoln County and the Colorado State Patrol caught up to Wolsleben and arrested him without incident.

(Read on for the story of Wolsleben’s escape and string of car thefts) Continue reading

Pagosa Springs deputies beaten as inmates break out of jail

22 Jul

The hunt is on for two men who escaped from a jail in Pagosa Springs on Tuesday night.

Archuleta County deputies say 24-year-old Jason Snow and 45-year-old Todd Reseigh beat up two officers and broke out of the detention center around 8 p.m. The officers suffered minor injuries.

Deputies say the pair then stole a car from behind the jail and headed south on Archuleta County Road 500.

A deputy chased them, but they eluded capture and dumped their car on the New Mexico state line.

Investigators believe the escapees were on foot near the Navajo River and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Cops kill escaped criminal after cop car rammed

10 May

Police opened fire on a sport-utility vehicle in Commerce City early today, killing Boulder County Jail escapee Phillip Michael Boldin, and wounding a woman who was with him.

The fatal shooting happened at just after midnight at a trailer park in the 6900 block of Colorado Highway 2, said Christian Rasmussen, a Commerce City Police Department spokesman.

The woman in the car, who has not been identified, was taken to Denver Health Medical Center, but details about her injuries have not been released.

Boldin, 42, has been wanted since September on an escape warrant after he walked away from a court-ordered halfway house in Boulder County last September.

He has a lengthy arrest record in the metro area dating back to 1986, primarily burglary and related charges. He was also arrested after an escape in Boulder County in 1990 and attempted escape in 2004 in Larimer County, records show.

Boldin has lived in Commerce City, Longmont and Arvada, and previously worked as a roofer, according to public records.

Police got a tip at about 6 p.m. Wednesday that a car Boldin was known to drive was parked at a trailer in Commerce City, and officers waited until he came out and left with a woman just after midnight.

When police moved in to stop them, the driver, who was not specified, rammed a patrol car, leaving an officer with minor injuries, Rasmussen said.

Officers opened fire, striking both occupants.

The vehicle remained parked behind yellow police tape this morning, as officers continued investigating the scene.

The windows were shattered or missing from the multiple gunshots.