After almost a year and a half of pre-trial detention in shitty
conditions, court battles and other legal woes, and facing threats of
forty years in prison, Eric King has finally decided to accept a
non-cooperating plea agreement to ten years in federal prison.
If you live nearby, please consider attending Eric’s hearing in Kansas City, MO next Thursday, March 3rd
at 1:30p.m. The media and cops are likely to be well-represented, and
it would be a meaningful moment to show Eric that he is not alone.
Having supporters there may also create some pressure for the court to
conduct itself better. It will also be useful to Eric and his support
crew to have more people in attendance taking notes and keeping an eye
on the proceedings.
The hearing will be:
Thursday, March 3rd
US District Court, Western District of Missouri
400 E. 9th Street, Room 7662
Kansas City, MO 64106
Please note that valid photo identification is required to enter the
courthouse and all persons and belongings are subject to search. Also,
we’d like to encourage everyone who’s planning on attending the March 3rd
court appearance to dress nice, and conduct yourself appropriately in
the court room out of respect for EK, the person we are there to
Even if you cannot attend on this short notice, please consider
donating some money to Eric’s new support fund . He urgently needs funds
to prepare for his long prison term as well as immediate support needs.
You can also send him a book or a letter. Check out his Amazon Wish List for ideas. Eric is currently in the hole and needs all the reading material he can get.
You can write to Eric at:
100 Highway Terrace
Leavenworth, KS 66048
Link to Eric’s fundraiser page http://fnd.us/c/316cDf/sh/a4jVK
Sometime in the next couple months, Eric will have a sentencing
hearing where the judge will officially determine his sentence, after
which he will be transferred to a federal prison . Please keep your eyes
open for another call out asking supporters to attend.
Make no mistake, neither Eric nor his support crew take the decision
to accept this plea lightly. Despite being far better than the other
legal options available, ten years is way too long for our friend and
comrade to be stolen from us. Eric is being steamrolled by the state and
its functionaries, and there is very little we can do about it. Yet we
can and will remain in solidarity with him.
From the beginning, Eric has been concerned about accepting a plea
that may establish a legal precedent that other anarchists may have to
deal with in the future when facing similar charges. Therefore, he has
seen this legal battle as impacting not only himself, but all of us.
Nonetheless, facing the possibility of a thirty or forty year sentence,
Eric has determined that this is the best possible outcome that is
available to him.
We are proud of Eric for how bravely he has faced these charges. He
has refused to cooperate with the state, worked hard to maintain a vegan
diet, and stood up for himself and his friends in prison in the face of
violence and intimidation by the guards and administration. And he has
done it with contagious laughter, joy and poetry. We now face the long,
hard road of supporting our friend and comrade for the next ten years of
his life. Please take some time to donate and write Eric a letter.
Until we are all free,
EK Support Crew