Greenpeace activist pleads guilty to single felony count in Procter & Gamble HQ protest

Associated Press

One of nine Greenpeace activists charged in a protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in Cincinnati has pleaded guilty to a single felony count.

Charles Long of Chicago pleaded to a low-level charge of breaking and entering in exchange for prosecutors agreeing he can perform community service and pay restitution as his sentence.

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Greenpeace says the activists were exercising their right to peaceful protest when they slipped into the consumer products giant's headquarters March 4 and displayed huge banners criticizing palm oil supplies the organization links to rainforest destruction.

Hamilton County judge Robert Winkler set sentencing Nov. 12 for the 35-year-old Long and has scheduled trial Oct. 27 for the other eight activists, who all face burglary and vandalism counts that could bring nine-year sentences with conviction.