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Arrests in 1999 MSU Arson

[MSU Today]

March 11, 2008 - Eight years after MSU's Agriculture Hall burned in a New Year's Eve attack, four people have been arrested, the MSU police, U.S. Attorney and FBI announced March 11.

Two Detroit men, a Detroit woman and a woman from Cincinnati, Ohio, have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit arson, aggravated arson and arson in connection with the Dec. 31, 1999, attack on Agriculture Hall. The charges also are in connection with arson of commercial logging equipment near Mesick, Mich., on Jan. 1, 2000.


The attack on the northeast corner of Agriculture Hall reduced the office of the Agriculture Biotechnology Support Project to little more than cinders and melted computers. The fire did some $1 million worth of damage. No one was injured. Shortly after the fire, a loosely organized environmental movement called the Earth Liberation Front claimed responsibility.


Indicted are Marie Jeanette Mason, 46, of Cincinnati; Frank Brian Ambrose, 33, of Detroit; Aren Bernard Burthwick, 27, of Detroit; and Stephanie Lynne Fultz, 27, of Detroit.

MSU police chief James Dunlap was joined in today's announcement by U.S. Attorney Charles Gross and FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena, as well as MSU president Simon.

The eight-year investigation took MSU officers across 10 states from coast to coast, Dunlap said. It is the second time an act of domestic terrorism at MSU has resulted in indictments.


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