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Ithaca woman will spend one year in prison for protesting drones

Ithaca woman will spend one year in prison for protesting drones

An Ithaca woman has been sentenced to one year in prison in connection with a nonviolent protest at Hancock Air Base in Syracuse.

Mary Anne Grady Flores, 58, was sentenced Friday in Town of Dewitt Court for violating an order of protection.

The order had been issued to protect the base’s commander, who wanted to keep protesters away.

Flores took part in protests against the use of military drones. Hancock pilots unmanned Reaper drones that are used around the world.

Flores owns La Cocina Latina Catering in Ithaca.

While the pre-sentencing report recommended no jail time, Judge David Gideon sentenced Flores to the maximum of one year in prison.

Her verdict is being appealed.

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