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Greenpeace protesters indicted on felony charges

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The nine Greenpeace members involved in the demonstration at Procter and Gamble towers are indicted on felony charges.

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted Marcella Largess, Jesse Coleman, Michael Herbert, Charles Long, Sean O'Brien, Denise Rodriguz, Tyler Wilkerson, Nima Shahidi and Tyler Sanville on charges of burglary and vandalism.

According to prosecutor Joe Deters, the protesters got into the building March 4, using fake IDs. They wore business suits and brought in their gear with rolling suitcases. They went to a specific floor and were able to open the windows and rappel down the building to put up two big banners protesting P&Gs use of palm oil from rain forest sources. A protester in a tiger suit was suspended between the two buildings. They were able to keep police and security from getting to them by securing the windows.

Deters says the protesters did $17,000 damage to the building, mostly to the windows.  There was some damage to the roof.  Deters commented in a release, "While some people may be sympathetic to their message, this is definitely a crime.  This was a very sophisticated plan that put P & G, fire and police personnel at risk while causing damage to a major corporation.  They had numerous other ways to get their message across without committing a crime.  They should be prepared to face the consequences." 

Those consequences are up to 9 1/2 years in in prison and $20,000 in fines for each, if they are convicted. The protesters are free on bond.

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