Saturday, November 28, 2009

New Jersey enviro-on-the-lam jailed in China

Justin Franchi Solondz, a 30-year-old native of Randolph, NJ, who has been running from the FBI for eight years after allegedly participating in the destruction of a horticulture center at the University of Washington, was convicted on Friday of drug charges and sentenced to three years in prison in Dali, China.

When his sentence is complete, he'll be deported to the United States to face eco-terrorism charges.

The FBI says Solondz made incendiary devices that destroyed a horticulture center at the University of Washington in Seattle in May 2001. Prosecutors also accuse him of burning down buildings and vehicles in Oregon that same day, and linked him to a later arson attack in California. The combined property loss was more than $5 million.


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