In Michigan
5:25 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Man gets 6 mos. behind bars in MSU arson case

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –

A Detroit-area man has been sentenced to six months in prison for concealing what he knew about a major arson by environmental activists at Michigan State University.

Jesse Waters was seeking probation Friday, but the sentence still is far short of the maximum penalty of three years in prison. He also was fined $5,000.

In September, Waters of St. Clair Shores pleaded guilty to knowing about the 2000 arson at MSU's Agriculture Hall and concealing it. At the time, he was friends with Frank Ambrose and Marie Mason, who are now in prison for the arson and other violent protests.

Mason and Ambrose were fighting plant research at MSU. In 2009, Mason was sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison. Ambrose, her ex-husband, exposed her and got a shorter punishment.