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Darren Thurston

Darren Todd Thurston (born c.  1970 ) is a Canadian train animal rights activist.

In July 2006, Thurston pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy and related arson charges that occurred from 1996 to 2001 in Oregon and other US states, and which were claimed in the name of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). ). [1] The FBI arrested Thurston and 10 other members of a West Coast-based animal rights and environmentalist organization that the FBI and Media called “The Family.” [2] The arrests were made as part of the FBI’s Operation Backfire . [3]

Thurston was sentenced in May 2007 to 37 months in prison for his cooperation with the investigation. [4]

Charges and convictions

In 1992, Thurston was convicted for his part in an Animal Liberation Front Action at a University of Alberta Laboratory and released 29 cats slated for medical experimentation. For this act and other previous action, he served two and a half years in a Canadian prison and was released in 1994.

In 1998, Thurston was instructed to train with David Barbarash on a series of threatening letters that were booby-trapped with razor blades and sentenced to hunting-guide outfitters across British Columbia . [5] In late 2000, charges against Thurston were stayed by the Crown following a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to release certain records. [6]

On December 7, 2005, Thurston was arrested in Portland, Oregon in the company of Chelsea Gerlach . Although he was originally told he would receive a speedy deportation, he was more likely to be involved in this case. Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ‘s Operation Backfire , part of the Green Scare .

Thurston Was facing five federal charge Including arson with an incendiary device and conspiracy in addition to two federal expense for the possession of fraudulent identification. In 2007 Thurston was sentenced to 37 months of imprisonment for his role in an attack on the Corral Bureau of Land Management in Litchtfield, California . [7]


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