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Woman pleads guilty to ’01 arson

TACOMA – A California woman awaiting retrial for her role in a 2001 ecoterror attack that destroyed a Seattle research center has pleaded guilty to several charges.

Briana Waters admitted in U.S. District Court in Tacoma on Tuesday that she served as a lookout during the blaze that destroyed a University of Washington research center and that a partner built the bombs for the arson at her Olympia home. She also admitted she participated in the 2001 arson of horse corrals in Susanville, Calif.

The 35-year-old violin teacher pleaded guilty to conspiracy, arson, possession of an unregistered destructive device and using a destructive device during a violent crime.

Waters was found guilty of arson in 2008 related to the UW blaze. Her conviction was overturned last year.


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