Protest in Georgia yields jail term

January 30, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Columbia resident has been sentenced for her participation in a protest in November at Fort Benning in Georgia.

Betsy Lamb, 65, was tried Wednesday on misdemeanor federal trespass charges and convicted. She was sentenced to six months in prison and fined $500.

Lamb, a program coordinator for the Office of Hispanic Ministry for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, has been arrested three other times at the annual protest, held near the anniversary of the assassination of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador in 1989. Protesters contend that Fort Benning's Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly the School of the Americas, trained the people who killed the priests.

At the time of the arrest, institute spokesman Lee A. Rials said protesters' accusations fail to connect School of the Americas graduates' studies with their later acts.

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