Anarchist arrested before NATO Summit pleads guilty to terrorism charge
BY MICHAEL LANSU Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org November 6, 2012 6:22PM
Sebastian Senakiewicz / Photo from Cook County Sheriff's office
Updated: December 8, 2012 6:41AM
A Polish native who claimed to have an explosive device that he intended to detonate at the NATO Summit pleaded guilty Tuesday, was sentenced to boot camp and will be deported.
Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of felony falsely making a terrorist threat and Judge Nicholas Ford sentenced him to boot camp, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s
Senakiewicz’ attorney, Jeff Frank, said his client will serve 120 days at a Downstate boot camp and then will be on probation for two years. If he does not complete the boot camp, Senakiewicz will serve four years in prison, Frank and the state’s attorney’s office said.
“The judge felt, based upon what I can tell, that … Sebastian had never been in trouble,” Frank said. “He has no priors, he is gainfully employed and the circumstances were such that he got caught up in a bad situation. The judge recognized that, and decided, in part because of deportation, that 120 days in boot camp is sufficient to send a message.”
The plea agreement was reached at a pre-trial conference, Frank said. The judge made the recommendation and Senakiewicz “decided this was best for him too.”
Occupy Chicago said in a statement Senakiewicz decision to accept the plea was motivated by his desire to get out of Cook County Jail.
Senakiewicz, of the 3600 block of North Odell Avenue, was charged May 19 with one count of making terrorist threats.
Police arrested him at his home about 4:15 p.m. on May 17 for conspiring to build at least one Molotov cocktail to detonate at the NATO Summit. He was also accused of claiming he would hide some of the explosives in a hollowed-out Harry Potter book.
Senakiewicz admitted he had no explosives, and nothing was found in the Chicago home where he was staying.
He described himself as a member of the notorious Black Bloc anarchist group and said he was upset at the “lack of chaos” in Chicago, prosecutors said.
“Cook County Jail is a deeply hostile and dangerous place, and today one of the NATO 5 agreed to plea to criminal charges in a move to gain transfer from the hellhole,” according to the Occupy Chicago statement.
The group says Senakiewicz made “remarks about nonexistent bomb in non-existent Harry Potter book in alcohol-fueled remarks to undercover cops.”
State’s Atty. Anita Alvarez then used a state anti-terrorism law to charge him in what Occupy called “an unprecedented application of the never-before-used law.”
The group believes the charges were “part of a broad strategy by local law enforcement to infiltrate and disrupt peaceful protest activities, to frighten the public and to deter opposition to the NATO meeting.”