Mary Anne Grady Flores

Ithaca, N.Y. — The Ithaca woman sentenced to a year in jail for her involvement in an anti-drones protest has been released as her appeal is considered, according to her attorney.

Mary Anne Grady Flores, 58, was charged with second-degree criminal contempt for violating an order of protection to stay clear of the mission support group commander at the 174th Attack Wing of the New York Air National Guard.

Grady Flores violated the order by entering the base’s property during a protest on Feb. 13, 2013, according to law enforcement. She was convicted by a jury and sentenced to 12 months in jail by Judge David Gideon last week.

But Grady Flores is appealing the case. And in a recent appearance in front of Judge Thomas Miller in Onondaga County Court, Grady Flores was released on a “stay of sentence” — meaning she’ll be free, for now, as the appeal winds its way through the courts.

Mary Anne Grady Flores after her sentencing in DeWitt Town Court last week.

She was released on $5,000 bail.

“Mary Anne is out now on bail and home in Ithaca,” said her attorney, Lance Salisbury, in an email. “Mary Anne is in very good spirits.”

“The next step is filing of the appeal, which will happen over the next few months.”


Read our previous coverage:

7-part series: Criminal or martyr? Inside the political formation of Ithaca’s jailed grandmother

Editorial: Sentence against Ithaca drones protester is a farce and an outrage

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.