Environmental activist pleads guilty to arson
Arrested for theft in Victoria in 2004
An environmental activist arrested in Victoria in 2004 pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of arson in Portland, Ore.
Tre Arrow, who changed his name from Michael Scarpitti, was arrested here for shoplifting a pair of bolt-cutters.
He was extradited to the U.S. to face numerous charges — including arson — involving environmental protests.
Arrow appeared in U.S. District Court in Portland yesterday to plead guilty to two counts of arson, said his lawyer Bruce Ellison. One count related to firebombing three cement trucks at Ross Island Sand & Gravel in Portland. The other related to damage of seven pieces of logging equipment near Mount Hood.
Arrow will be sentenced Aug. 12, but that date may be moved up, said Ellison.
“We have a stipulated sentence agreement of up to 78 months less time served since his detention in Canada on March 14, 2004 and he gets credit for good [behaviour] time, too.”
Arrow “has a comfort level” with the plea bargain, said Ellison.
On his website blog, Arrow said he “has weighed the options and decided that I don’t want to take the risk of potentially being convicted and spending the rest of my life in prison.”
Arrow said the plea bargain was struck without his giving any information about others involved in alleged illegal activity.
“They offered me a deal I couldn’t refuse, which takes into account the time I served in Canada. For those who supported me through all of this, I thank you deeply.”