8 of 10 protesters plead no contest

Eight of the 10 people arrested during a February fracking protest pleaded no contest Tuesday in Marietta Municipal Court.

They were accused of storming onto the property of GreenHunter Water, located along Ohio 7 on the Ohio River on Feb. 19. The facility acts as a storage site for the waste material produced by hydraulic fracturing.

The eight people pleading Tuesday were charged with a fourth-degree misdemeanor count of criminal trespass and were fined $250 and sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for one day served and the other 29 suspended in lieu of a year’s probation, said Marietta Municipal Court clerk Christy Gerken.

They were also ordered to pay $2,383 in restitution to GreenHunter, which will be split between the eight of them, said Gerken.

Pleading Tuesday were:

Peter Garcia, 34, of Minot, N.D.; Matthew Almonte, 21, of Lithia, Fla.; Subina Ahmed, 22, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; Wendy Jennings, 34, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Jessica Clark, 22, of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Steven Schorzman, 25, of Hamilton, Mont.; Patrick Perry, 21, of Athens; and Seth Schlotterbeck, 29, of Athens.

Two others have pleaded not guilty to the charges. Alexandra Kotcheff, 26, of Beverly Hills, Calif., is set for a pre-trial on Monday.

No hearings have been scheduled yet for Nathan Ebert, 33, of Millfield, who was charged with a second-degree misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest in addition to the criminal trespassing charge.

Ebert is accused of erecting and climbing a 30-foot pole on the property and refusing to come down for nearly five hours.