Guilty plea planned in 1999 Michigan State arson

DETROIT (AP) -- A Detroit woman has agreed to plead guilty to setting a New Year's Eve 1999 fire at Michigan State University in an act of eco-terrorism.

Documents filed in federal court say Marie Mason will plead guilty Monday. In her plea agreement, she admits responsibility for the arson at the university's Agriculture Hall.

Mason and co-defendant Frank Ambrose are accused of pouring gasoline and starting a fire to protest research on genetically modified plants. Ambrose already has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced Sept. 22.

The fire caused more than $1 million in damage. It also destroyed records related to the government's financial support of the research.

Ambrose and Mason each face five to 20 years in prison.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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