You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

N.Y. vet acquitted of drone protest charges

Apr. 29, 2014 - 07:42AM   |  
  • Filed Under

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 thatís 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 Guardís 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.

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.

This Week's Marine Corps Times

This Week's Marine Corps Times

First sergeant vs. master sergeant
Choose the rank that's best for your career

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook