Ithaca peace activist Mary Anne Grady Flores was released from the Jamesville Correctional Facility last week — just one week after DeWitt Town Court Judge David Gideon sentenced her to a year behind bars for her drone protest activities outside the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse. The decision to release Grady Flores was made by Judge Thomas Miller in the Onondaga County Court. Miller ordered a stay of her sentence while her case is on appeal. She was required to post $5,000 in bail.
In May, Grady Flores was convicted of violating an order of protection that required her to keep away from Colonel Earl A. Evans, the Mission Support Commander for the 174th Attack Wing at the Hancock base. Until her trial earlier this year, Grady Flores had never met him.
WRFI Producer Lori Sonken spoke with Mary Anne Grady Flores. They discussed why Flores protests the use of drones that target terrorists and kill innocent victims.
This interview originally aired on the July 25th edition of WRFI Community Radio News.