|Judge sentences Fort Benning protesters, up to 90 days|
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Eleven protesters who trespassed onto Fort Benning property during a demonstration against a military school at the Army post face up to 90 days in jail.
The oldest sentenced yesterday by U.S. Magistrate G. Mallon Faircloth of Columbus was Edwin Ross Lewinson, a 78-year-old blind man from Newark, New Jersey, and the youngest was 25-year-old Teri Lynn Rainelli of Canton, Ohio. Both got 90 days and $500 fines.
The eleven were arrested during an annual protest against the former School of Americas, blamed by the protest group School of Americas Watch for atrocities committed by Latin American soldiers trained there.
The demonstration each November still draws thousands, even though the school name was changed in 2001 to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, under the Defense Department instead of the U.S. Army. Its curriculum was broadened to include courses other than military training.
The sprawling military installation is located near the Alabama line.
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