Ecoterrorism Suspect Gives Up After Decade on Run
Rebecca Rubin 11th member of 'The Family' to face charges
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2012 6:32 AM CST
Rebecca Rubin. Rubin, one of the three remaining fugitives in a string of ecoterrorism fires set in Oregon, Colorado and California surrendered to authorities yesterday in Washington State.   (AP Photo/FBI, File)

(Newser) – A Canadian fugitive, said to be one of the targets of the largest ecoterrorism investigation in American history, surrendered to US authorities yesterday morning after a decade on the run, reports the Los Angeles Times. Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 39, faces arson and conspiracy charges related to firebombings in Oregon, Colorado, and California in the late '90s through 2001 set by "The Family," a radical environmentalist group based in Eugene, Ore., that was affiliated with the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front.

The Family's firebombing targets included an SUV dealership, Vail-area ski resort, and wild horse corrals, causing upward of $40 million in damages. Of those thought to be involved in The Family's firebombings, 10 received prison sentences in 2007, ranging from 37 months to more than six years, after all pleading guilty. Two people remain at large, and the group's leader committed suicide in jail after his arrest. The AP notes that many of those sentenced expressed regret over their lack of impact: Though an Oregon horse slaughterhouse was never rebuilt, a targeted ski resort and ranger stations were reconstructed, timber companies stayed in business, and wild horses were still rounded up and removed from federal lands. Rubin's defense attorney says that Rubin wanted to get the case behind her, and was dropped off at the US-Washington border by her mother.

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iq145
Feb 10, 2013 9:56 PM CST
Free Captain Watson, the world-renowned and highly respected leader in environmental issues. In 1999, he was awarded President George H.W. Bush's "Daily Points of Light" Award and in 2000, he was named one of Time Magazine's Top 20 Environmental Heroes of the 20th Century. In 2012, he became only the second person ever to be honored with the Jules Verne Award for environmentalists and adventurers. Captain Watson is a national treasure. The petition can be found at: http://wh.gov/VnRf
right2dave
Dec 15, 2012 4:28 AM CST
They knew her age by counting the rings. If she is canadan what the hell is she doing here?
pg13
Nov 30, 2012 2:55 PM CST
Caption on picture should be: "My name is Inigo Montonya.. You? killed my Father. Prepare to DIE."