Thursday: Thompson, GM Protestor, Avoids Jail

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A Mohawk man who dug up a portion of a capped toxic landfill on the former General Motors plant in Massena will not serve any jail time.

58 year old Larry Thompson was in St. Lawrence County Court Thursday morning for sentencing on a fourth degree criminal mischief charge.

As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Thompson was granted a one year conditional discharge but was ordered by a judge to stay off the General Motors property, which he lives next to, for the next five years.

Thompson told the court "what it comes down to is genocide. Some get free electricity, we get free poison."

"What I did was the right thing to do," Thompson said, "to protect the people, the land, the water."

Thompson also criticized the Environmental Protection Agency and New York state government for the toxic waste clean up on the former GM site.

"All they did was cover a cover up," Thompson said, "they didn't do a cleanup."

Read, watch our coverage of Larry Thompson's protest - the day it happened here, and some perspective on the mess left behind at the GM site here.
 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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