Jessica Reznicek one of two former Des Moines Catholic Workers responsible for millions of dollars in damage to the Dakota Access pipeline was sentenced in Iowa federal court on June 30 to eight years in prison.
Climate activists Jessica Reznicek, 39, and Ruby Montoya, 31, were indicted on nine federal charges each in September 2019, including charges for damaging an energy facility, use of fire in the commission of a felony, and malicious use of fire. Reznicek and Montoya both pleaded guilty to a single count of damaging an energy facility. The remaining charges were dismissed.
U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger also ordered Reznicek to pay nearly $3.2 million in restitution. In 2016, Jessica Reznicek and fellow activist Ruby Montoya set fire to five pieces of heavy machinery being used to construct the Dakota Access pipeline. The two then moved up and down the pipeline’s length, destroying valves and delaying construction for weeks. Their actions were inspired by the Plowshares Movement, which used nonviolent direct action to target nuclear warheads and military installations. Reznicek stated that she was trying to prevent climate catastrophe while protecting water aquifers in her home state of Iowa. Montoya will be sentenced on July 30.
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