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Rebecca Rubin Sentenced to 5 Years for ALF and ELF Arsons

Rebecca Rubin Sentenced to 5 Years for ALF and ELF Arsons

January 29, 2014

After turning herself in in 2012 following 7 years on the run, and pleading guilty last October, this week Rebecca Rubin was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison. The sentence is much less than the 7.5 years the government was requesting.

Rubin was sentenced for four Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front actions:

Freeing 400 wild horses from a federal land management corral in Oregon as others set the property on fire (1998)

Bringing gasoline to a ski resort under construction in Vail, Colo., later used to ignite fires that destroyed the ski complex (1998)

Bringing incendiary devices to the Medford, Ore., office of U.S. Forest Industries, which were later used in an arson fire (1998)

Freeing wild horses from a California BLM facility as others set fire to a barn (2001)

In a letter to the judge, Rubin wrote: “Animals and the natural world have always been for me a source of profound joy, wonder and solace, and their mistreatment and destruction a source of indescribable pain. By way of trying to explain–but not excuse–my actions, I reached a point in my early twenties when I could longer contain or appropriately channel the grief, despair, and powerlessness I felt in response to the mistreatment of animals and the natural world.” She will also be on probation after she leaves prison, and must make monthly payments toward a restitution bill of over $13 million.

During the sentencing, the judge also drew attention by asking Rubin to read Malcom Gladwell’s latest book, David and Goliath, which she said would could teach her about “non-violent: means of protest.

Related posts:

After Six Years, ALF/ELF Fugitive Rebecca Rubin Turns Herself In

Rebecca Rubin pleads guilty to freeing horses and setting fires at wild horse corrals

Lead informant in ALF / ELF Cases Sentenced to 5 Yearsmarn


Rebecca has landed at Dublin. This is the federal facility where she will serve out her sentence. Please take a moment to send her a note to let her know you’re thinking of her. You can send her cards or letters to:

Rebecca Rubin #98290-011
FCI Dublin
Federal Correctional Institution
5701 8th Street – Camp Parks
Dublin, CA 94568