Activists with alleged ALF ties plead guilty to weapons char

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SF Chronicle

Animal rights activists enter guilty pleas.

Wednesday, October 17, 2001

Two animal rights activists who were caught with gasoline and plastic containers outside the Capitola City Hall in January have pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges, authorities said yesterday.

Peter Schnell, 23, of Ocean, N.J., and Matthew Whyte, 18, of Orange, in Orange County, pleaded guilty Monday in San Jose to possessing unregistered firearms, which includes explosive devices. They are to be sentenced Jan. 28 and could receive sentences of about three years in prison.

Police said they found the two men behind City Hall about 1 a.m. on Jan. 23 with 11 one-gallon containers and enough gasoline to fill them, along with matches and candles. In their guilty pleas, they said they intended to make explosive or incendiary devices, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said the two were associated with the Animal Liberation Front. Their lawyers were unavailable for comment.
 

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