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Thursday, October 30, 1997

Anti-war activists get prison terms

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A federal judge Wednesday imposed prison terms ranging from six months to 27 months on three of the six anti-war protesters who vandalized a Navy destroyer at Bath Iron Works.

The others, including former Roman Catholic priest Philip Berrigan, were sentenced Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Gene Carter on Wednesday sentenced Susan Crane, 53, of Ukiah, Calif., to 27 months, the longest prison term. Steve Baggarly, 31, of Norfolk, Va., received 13 months and Thomas P. Lewis-Borbely, 56, of Worcester, Mass., got six months.

Each of the six faces two years of supervised release after leaving prison and was ordered to pay $4,703.89, a one-sixth share of the roughly $28,000 in damage to the guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans.

Berrigan, 74, of Baltimore was sentenced to 24 months; Stephen M. Kelly, 48, of New York got 21 months, and Mark Colville, 36, of New Haven, Conn., 13 months.

The six were charged with destroying government property and conspiracy for the Feb. 12 incident in which they boarded the destroyer in the pre-dawn darkness, damaged the control panels with hammers and spilled blood onto the ship.

This week's court action did not deter a handful of other protesters, who were arrested Wednesday shortly before noon at Bath Iron Works on Commercial Street.

Jessica Stewart of Yarmouth and Audrey Stewart of Orono, both 18, were arrested and charged with criminal trespass, failing to disperse and obstructing a public way after they chained themselves to BIW's front gate, police said. The two women are also facing criminal mischief charges for splattering blood on a BIW sign, police said.

Gregory Phelan, 65, of Brunswick, Sean Donahue, 23, of Durham, N.H., and Anna Alloco, 23, of Barrington, R.I., are also facing criminal trespass charges, police said.

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