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DEWITT, N.Y. — A judge has acquitted a Marine veteran who was among the 30 people arrested during a protest outside the Syracuse-area base that’s home to a New York Air National Guard unit operating armed drones for the U.S. military.
The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that 66-year-old John Amidon was acquitted Monday night in DeWitt Town Court of attempted criminal trespass and loitering.
His acquittal came a year to the day he and other protesters were arrested outside Hancock Field, home to the Air National Guard’s 174th Attack Wing.
Prosecutors claimed Amidon, president of the Albany chapter of Veterans for Peace, was trying to climb over a barrier within a free-speech zone outside the base. He was wearing a Grim Reaper mask and long black robe when police dragged him away.