A jury came back Thursday with a guilty verdict in Winona County District Court for 20 protesters who were arrested last spring for tresspassing on two Winona frack sand loading and processing facilities.
There were originally 35 people arrested on April 29th, when they refused to leave the facilities, one in the commercial harbor where barges were being loaded, and the other a processing facility owned by Winonan Robert Hemker near Highway 14.
The protests were staged by the group Catholic Workers from the Midwest and the result was the halting of both operations for a few hours.
The trial lasted four days and the penalty imposed by the court includes paying court costs and $200, which will go to the two businesses that were closed down for a time.They also receive one year of unsupervised probation.
Defense attorney Richmond McCluer told the defendants he had hoped for a mixed return.
In his closing argument, prosecutor Michael Flaherty said the defendants were peaceful, but they were breaking the law.
While thirty-five people were arrested in April, some didn't show up in court and other charges were dismissed because law officials weren't available to testify.