(see earlier JMBzine post: Robin Long Press Coverage – Intro)
Local Colorado News Coverage
The Gazette (Colorado
Springs): Fort Carson deserter sentenced to 15 months in prison – by Tom Roeder
…Long’s civilian attorney, James Branam, closed his part of the sentencing hearing by comparing Long to Ghandi
and Martin Luther King Jr.
“The morality of what he did should lessen the punishment,” Branam said.
If it were up to Boudreau, Long would have gotten double the amount of time he was sentenced to.
The judge said she wanted Long behind bars for 30 months, but she was forced to cut that in half because of a plea agreement.
Afterward, Branam said Long’s sentence was a penalty for his outspoken stance on the war.
“It was on the upper end of the scale,” he said.
But the prison time did make Long a martyr who was lauded by more than a dozen anti-war activists during the proceedings.
As Long, handcuffed and shackled, was hauled away in a Humvee, the crowd clapped and cheered.
“Robin Long you are a hero,” one of them shouted.
KRDO: War Objections a Growing Issue – by Scott
Harrison (Text and Video)
KRDO.com: Soldier Sentenced For Desertion (video and text, great story 1:52 minute long)
KKTV.com: Soldier Sentenced To 15 Months (also see earlier story,
KKTV.com: Peace Activists Rally In Support Of Robin Long)
KOAA.com: Ft. Carson soldier sentenced in desertion case – by Sharon Brandman (also see older stories,
KOAA.com: Ft. Carson soldier plans to plead guilty to desertion – by Sharon Brandman and KOAA.com: Army deserter in El paso County Jail (video and text)
Rocky Mountain News: Soldier to plead guilty — Deal reached for reduced charge
Denver Post: 15 months for AWOL soldier