Woman gets five years in ecoterrorism attacks

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PORTLAND — A woman who admitted taking part in ecoterrorism firebombings has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Rebecca Rubin, 40, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and arson charges in October. The sentence was the lowest Rubin could have received under federal sentencing guidelines.

U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken said Monday in federal court in Portland that Rubin showed contrition and lived in “an emotional prison cell” during seven years as a fugitive in Canada, from December 2005 to November 2012.

Investigators blame the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front for 20 fires across the West from 1996 to 2001 that did $40 million in damage.

Ten people pleaded guilty in 2007 to conspiracy and arson charges and were sentenced to prison. Two others indicted in the case remain at large.