Homecoming for Ossining nun who spent six months in jail
The Maryknoll sister from Ossissing who served a six-month term for civil disobedience was released from federal prison Monday.
In November of 2004, Sister Lelia Mattingly and 18 others were arrested for trespassing at Fort Benning Military Base in Georgia. Sister Lelia and 2,000 others were part of an annual non-violent protest against the military training school, formerly known as the School of the Americas. In March, Sister Lelia began a six-month sentence at the Danbury Federal Correctional Facility in Connecticut. Fifteen others were also ordered to serve time.
Sister Lelia says she and others want the school investigated and closed because they are training Latin American soldiers to do things she thinks are shameful. Meanwhile, she says she is not sure whether she'll cross the line again when she goes to Fort Benning for this year's protest.