A member of the radical group Animal Liberation Front pleaded no contest Friday to three counts of stalking and three of conspiracy to commit stalking in connection with the group's targeting of UCLA researchers and the Santa Monica-based POM Wonderful juice company, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced.
UCLA and POM have been in the cross-hairs of ALF activists because they use animals in research and testing. The ALF campaigns for “equality in all species,” and has been accused of threats, arson and vandalism in its efforts to protect animals.
Kevin Rich Olliff, 22, pleaded no contest Friday and could face a three-year state prison sentence under a plea agreement, D.A.'s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons stated.
A co-defendant, Linda Faith Greene, 62, pleaded guilty yesterday for her part in the campaign. The D.A.'s office states that she admitted in her plea agreement that she posted the names and addresses of some of the researches and product testers the group targeted. She was the group's publicist.
Olliff also had to make an on-the-record statement as part of his deal: “I admit that I am an animal rights activist who engaged in demonstrations targeting specific professors, researchers and business people at the personal residences and at their workplace, including the UCLA campus.”
Greene is scheduled to be sentenced April 9; Olliff's sentencing was set for May 12.