After several years of appeals, the Oregon Court of Appeals overturned Jeffrey “Free” Luers 23 year 8 month prison sentence for involvement in setting fire to 3 SUVs in Eugene, Oregon during a protest against global warming. The February, 2007 court ruling means that Free will be re-sentenced and will get as much as 15 years taken off his sentence! His re-sentencing date had not been set as of press date. He needs solidarity and financial help to get the most time taken off his sentence and to pay for the victorious appeal.
Free, 29, has written extensively from prison since he was sentenced in 2001. His sentence was one of the harshest ever given in a case of eco-sabotage. No one was injured in the 2000 fire, and the 3 SUVs were later repaired and resold. The Court of Appeals found that the trial court improperly sentenced Free to separate prison terms for a number of separate criminal charges that all related to the same actual act.
Write letters of support to Free: Jeffrey Luers, #13797671, Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP), 2605 State Street, Salem, OR 97310. Or send donations to: Free’s Legal Defense Fund, POB 3, Eugene, OR 97440, firstname.lastname@example.org.