L.A. Catholic Workers Jeff Dietrich, Mike Wisniewski, David Omondi, and Erica Brock appeared in Santa Barbara Federal Court on Thursday, November 19, for arraignment on trespass charges resulting from their August 8, 2015 witness at Vandenberg in protest against U.S. nuclear policy and its imperial war-making.
Erica pleaded guilty–$100 fine plus $35 in fees. Jeff and Mike pleaded no contest. Both are facing jail time and will be sentenced on February 18. David pleaded no contest and is also facing jail time and will be sentenced on April 29. Maximum sentence is six months in federal prison plus $5000 fine. The prosecutor asked for jail time because of their refusal to cooperate with this filthy rotten system and pay fines from previous actions.
Veterans For Peace member Chris Knudson also appeared, pleaded guilty and received $100 fine plus $35 fees.
Dennis Apel from the Guadalupe CW rescheduled his arraignment to a date in December and also will face jail time for the same reason.