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Animal Rights Activist Jailed

July 26, 1990

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) _ A Gaithersburg woman Wednesday began serving a 15-day jail sentence imposed for failing to pay a fine levied against her for harassing hunters.

Heidi Prescott, 28, was placed in the Montgomery County jail in Rockville shortly after receiving the sentence from District Judge Edwin Collier in Gaithersburg.

She was jailed for refusing to pay a $500 fine she received on conviction April 5 for interfering with deer hunters last year.

The Fund for Animals Inc. believes Ms. Prescott is the first person jailed on such a charge, said Wayne Pacelle, the group’s national director.

Ms. Prescott, a staff member of the fund, and 13 others were charged with talking to hunters and rustling leaves with their feet during a demonstration at the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area near Poolesville on Nov. 25, the opening day of deer season.

Eleven were convicted and charges against the remaining three were dropped. All but Ms. Prescott paid fines and appealed their convictions.

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