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Three Deny Charges Of Plotting Against Forest Service Lab

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Sacramento, CA — Three alleged environmental activists pleaded not guilty Thursday to conspiring to attack government targets on behalf of an extremist group.

$1.2 million bail was set for one of the suspects, Lauren Weiner. Bail was denied for Eric McDavid and Zachary Jensen.

The three face five to 20 years in federal prison if they are convicted of conspiring to use fire or explosives to damage property.

Prosecutors say they scouted targets and were buying materials to build home-made plastic explosives when they were arrested outside a Kmart in Auburn.

The targets they allegedly planned to attack on behalf of the shadowy Earth Liberation Front included a dam, fish hatchery and forest genetics laboratory.