NEWTON -- Seven people who were part of a May 3 protest against Duke Energy during the company’s shareholder meeting were found guilty Wednesday of blocking the arrival of a train at a Duke power plant.
The seven were members of Greenpeace and other organizations, and several of them chained themselves to the tracks near the Marshall Power Plant in southern Catawba County.
It was part of a protest, which also included demonstrations outside Duke Energy’s headquarters in Charlotte, against the company’s use of coal for energy.
The seven people on trial in Catawba County were found guilty of misdemeanor impeding/preventing/impairing the operation of a railroad. Each was sentenced in Catawba County District Court to a 30-day suspended jail sentence; 12 months’ probation; and they were ordered to perform 24 hours of community service.
The seven were:
William Eric Blevins, 31, Lebanon, Tenn.
James Mitchell Brady, 45, Washington
Richard Adam Hall, 23, Rock Creek, W.Va.
Mickey McCoy, 56, Inez, N.Y.
Elizabeth Ann Mount, 29, Asheville
Sarah Frances Newman, 35, Lexington, Ky.
Gabriel Armstrong Wisniewski, 30, Washington.
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