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October 10, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Ecoterrorist on the run for 7 years pleads guilty to Oregon arsons

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — The woman at the center of a seven-year manhunt whose face graced wanted posters around the Pacific Northwest cast a smaller shadow Thursday on a slow walk to her defense table in a Portland federal courtroom.

Now a decade removed from her membership in the ecoterrorism group “The Family,” 40-year-old Rebecca Rubin stood slender and erect in her blue jail jumpsuit.

She then said the words she’s been dodging since authorities offered a $50,000 reward for her capture.

“Guilty,” she said, in a voice so soft a judge had to ask her to speak up.

It was the first of three admissions of guilt she made to arson and conspiracy charges, and with them, consented to give up at least five years of her freedom. She will be sentenced on Jan. 27.

Rubin’s plea was the latest admission of wrongdoing by members of “The Family” in a series of arsons across three Western states from 1996 to 2001 that did $40 million in damage.

Ten people pleaded guilty in 2007 to conspiracy and arson charges and were sentenced to prison. Two others indicted in the case remain at large.

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