Weatherman leader Eric M. Mann was sentenced Friday to two years in the Middlesex County House of Correction for his role in last September's violent disruption of Harvard's Center for International Aairs (CFIA). He began serving his term immediately.
Mann was appealing in Middlesex County Superior Court the one-year sentence for assault and battery which had been imposed on him in East Cambridge District Court last November. The Superior Court jury returned a guilty verdict, and Judge Joseph K. Collins, saying he was "shocked at the viciousness of the attacks," doubled Mann's term.
Williams P. Homans Jr. '41, counsel for Mann, said last night that he is considering appealing the new sentence to the Massachusetts Supreme Court.
Judge Edward M. Viola of East Cambridge District Court found Mann guilty last November 26 on three counts of assault and battery and one of disturbing the peace in connection with the CFIA incident. Viola sentenced Mann to one year in the House of Correction for each of the three assault charges, with the terms to be served concurrently, and fined him $50 for disturbing the peace.
The Middlesex County Superior Court upheld all four guilty verdicts Friday. After blasting the CFIA disruption as "vicious and premeditated," Judge Collins doubled one of the year-long terms. He also sentenced Mann to serve a total of two additional years on the other assault charges but suspended the sentence, and instead placed Mann on a three-year probation, to begin after his stay in the House of Correction.
Collins placed on file the conviction for disturbing the peace.
Invading the CFIA
A group of Weathermen which included Mann invaded the CFIA on September 25, roughed up several members of its staff, and threw rocks through windows.
Mann was charged with assaulting James R. Kurth, assistant professor of Government and CFIA research fellow; fellow Otto E. Krueger; and librarian Maury D. Feld. Only Feld identified Mann as the person who attacked him; other CFIA personnel identified him as the attacker of Kurth and Krueger, Mann denied all three charges.
Two other Weathermen were found guilty last November on two counts of assault and battery apiece in connection with the disruption. Judge Viola fined Henry A. Olson $400 and Jill H. Wattenburg $200 on these charges.
Mann, Olson, Wattenburg, Susan Hagedorn, and Philip C. Nies also were fined $50 each for disturbing the peace. Only Mann appealed.