On May 16th, 2012, just prior to the NATO summit in Chicago, three Occupy activists were arrested and eventually charged with 11 felony counts, including four under the never-before-used Illinois terrorism statute. Brian “Jacob” Church, Brent Betterly, and Jared Chase came to be known as the NATO 3. The case went to trial in January of 2014, and the NATO 3 were acquitted of all of the terrorism charges. Unfortunately, the jury found them guilty of two felonies each—possession of an incendiary device with the intent to commit arson and possession of an incendiary device with the knowledge that another intended to commit arson. They were given sentences ranging from 5 to 8 years.
Jacob is the first of the three to be released. He is scheduled to return to us in early November! Please donate to his release fund to help ease the transition after 2 and a half years behind bars. Donations are needed to help pay for Jacob’s living expenses while he works to get back on his feet during the immediate aftermath of his incarceration.
If you’d like to write to Jacob, please address envelopes to:
P.O. Box 999
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
And if you have any questions, you can email us at freethenato3 (a) gmail (dot) com, or check out our website at freethenato3.wordpress.com.
If you’d like to write to Brent or Jay, their addresses are:
4017 E. 2603 Road
Sheridan, IL 60551
2600 N. Brinton Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021
Brent is scheduled to be released in May of 2015 and Jay is scheduled to be released in May of 2016, though he is still facing additional charges that he received while in custody at Cook County Jail. – See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/prison-release-fund-for-jacob-church/232093