Maine Oil Train Protester Convicted
AUBURN, Maine - A jury has found one of two defendants who sat on train tracks to block a train carrying crude oil guilty of trespassing.
The jury returned the verdict Tuesday against Douglas Bowen Jr. of Porter. A second defendant, Jessie Dowling of Unity, was awaiting the outcome of her case, which was heard by a separate jury.
They were charged with criminal trespassing for blocking the tracks in Auburn in August 2013.
They said they were trying to prevent a disaster in Maine similar to the one in Lac Megantic, Quebec.
The trials began Monday with separate juries in the same Androscoggin County Superior Court courtroom.