Great news from the Lincoln County Court today. Half of our arrestees had their bail reduction hearings today. Instead of reducing their bails, the court offered a plea deal. In exchange for pleading guilty to the trespassing charge only, our activists were offered a $500 fine and 1 years probation. Nine arrestees have accepted the deal and will be released today. The other protester assigned that magistrate is Dustin Steele, who is free and has not taken the deal. What a relief and victory for all who have supported the Hobet 20.
This isn’t over however. The remaining 10 prisoners have a different magistrate and their hearing isn’t until next week. There is no guarantee they will be offered the same deal or in fact any deal at all. We must keep the pressure on and continue to support our brothers and sisters in jail.
We are also still committed to holding the state and the police accountable for their actions on Saturday. We are asking the US Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia and the WV Attorney General to open an investigation immediately.