The Cleveland 4 were four Occupy Cleveland activists—Brandon, Connor, Doug, and Joshua “Skelly.” They were arrested on April 30th, 2012, accused of plotting to blow up a bridge. But it was the FBI, working with an informant, that crafted the plot, produced the “explosives,” and coerced these four into participating. Continued support is needed.
Originally publised by Free The Cleveland 4, edited by Enough is Enough
Connor, Doug, and Brandon took non-cooperating plea deals and pled guilty to all charges. The judge applied a “terrorism enhancement” to their sentences, elongating their sentences as well as subjecting them to harsher prison conditions. Doug is serving 11.5 years, Brandon 9 years 9 months, and Connor 8 years 1 month—all to be followed by lifetime supervised release.
Skelly took his case to trial and acted as his own lawyer. The government offered him a non-cooperating plea deal with a 3 year sentence, if he would have pled guilty. Josh refused to plead guilty to something he didn’t do, but he was found guilty on all counts by his jury and sentenced to 10 years.
All appealed their sentences, and all appeals were denied.
Free Cleveland 4 writes: “Thank you so much to everyone who has supported Brandon, Connor, Doug, and Josh since their arrest, and thank you to everyone who is new to supporting them. These past years have been rough ones for them as they’ve dealt with harsh prison conditions, periods in solitary confinement, transfers between prisons, and being away from their loved ones and communities. But support has been a beacon of light through the darkness — the letters and books they’ve received, donations to their commissary funds, and efforts to raise awareness about their case have meant so much to them. It’s their connection through the walls of prison.
And they need that support to continue. As the years pass, their case may fade in memory — but we cannot let them be forgotten, and we cannot let the government’s manipulation and use of “terrorism” prosecutions go unchallenged. Please continue to do what you can to show support for the Cleveland 4, whether that’s writing a letter, making a donation, or sharing information about them. Every day that each of them is in prison is a day that they should know people care about them.
Write to them:
Brandon Baxter #57972-060
FCI Terre Haute
PO Box 33
Terre Haute, IN 47808
Connor Stevens #57978-060
PO Box 4000
Manchester, KY 40962
Doug Wright #57973-060
PO Box 725
Edgefield, SC 29824
Joshua Stafford #57976-060
USP Coleman I
PO Box 1033
Coleman, FL 33521
Thank you for your continued support of the Cleveland 4.”