Pleas in Vail Arson

By: AP
By: AP

Two people who've admitted helping firebomb Vail Resort in 1998 formally pleaded guilty today to the federal arson charges.
29 year olds Chelsea Gerlach and Stanilaus Meyerhoff entered their pleas this morning in a courtroom in Eugene, Oregon.
The pair made plea deals with federal prosecutors to have the Colorado charges transferred to Oregon to be settled along with their other cases.
The Vail blaze did $12 million worth of damage, and focused national attention on radical environmentalists.
The Earth Liberation Front claimed responsibility, saying it burned the resorts' buildings and ski lifts because they were an obstacle to the development of wild lynx.
Sentencing is expected in April.
Two others indicted in the Vail arson, Josephine Sunshine Overaker and Rebecca Rubin, remain at large.


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