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Animal Activist Pleads Guilty To Trespass In WSU Stalking Case

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A Florida animal-rights activist charged with posting harassing messages directed at a Detroit researcher who works with dogs has pleaded guilty to trespassing.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says that 47-year-old Camille Marino, of Wildwood, Fla., will be sentenced Dec. 5.

Marino also pleaded guilty Monday to unlawfully posting a message with aggravating circumstances.

She was arrested in May after chaining herself to a library door at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Marino had called Donal O’Leary a “war criminal” and worse for using dogs for cardiovascular experiments. She also posted his address and other personal information online.

According to court records, Marino sent O’Leary an e-mail at his WSU address that read, “I hope you never have another peaceful night’s sleep. … I hope you wake up in a cold sweat every time you hear a creek in your blood-money mansion.

“Mostly, I hope you die a slow painful death comparable to those you forced your victims to endure. Please don’t interpret this as a threat. It’s merely my most fond wishes for you.”

O’Leary had received a personal-protection order against Marino.

Authorities say Marino violated a campus ban by appearing at Wayne State. She says her protests were protected by the First Amendment and she never intended to physically harm against O’Leary.

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