ELF Leader Rodney Coronado has been indicted. ELF -- Earth Liberation Front -- is a radical group that routinely goes around destroying property they consider infringing on the environment. They have been tied to things like spray painting ELF all over brand new Hummers at a dealership and burning new housing developments. In Rodney Coronado's case he was sentenced to 5 years in prison for firebombing the offices of two animal researchers and a Michigan State University laboratory in 1992.
Maybe this time they'll actually put this criminal away before he ends up killing scores of people. This is pure domestic terrorism.
The arrest stems from an Aug. 1, 2003, workshop taught by Rodney Coronado in Hillcrest. Authorities allege that Coronado demonstrated how to start an arson fire at the lecture.
In an indictment unsealed Wednesday, prosecutors said Coronado gave the lecture 15 hours after a $50 million fire destroyed a massive apartment complex being constructed near University City in northern San Diego. The indictment, however, does not link Coronado to that fire.
"He's not being indicted because he's a member of ELF," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Shane Harrigan. "He's being indicted because he was providing instruction on how to make a destructive incendiary device with the intent that it be used to cause damage."
Coronado could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail or a $250,000 fine ...
Daniel Dzwilewski, special agent in charge of the San Diego FBI office, alleged that Coronado was a national leader of the radical Earth Liberation Front. ELF is an underground movement with no public leadership, membership or spokesperson, according to its Web site. An e-mail sent to the Web site didn't elicit an immediate response.
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