July 24, 2017: Jessica Reznicek makes public statement admitting to engaging in acts of sabotage to stop DAPL. Her actions resulted in 4-month delay in pipeline construction.
August 11, 2017: FBI SWAT team raids Des Moines Catholic worker residence, where Jess was residing.
August 22, 2017: Dakota Access Pipeline Developers Filed RICO Action Against Jess
February 14, 2019: The federal district court for the District of North Dakota ruled that the developers of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) failed to establish claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
September 19, 2019: Federal grand jury indicts Jessica with one count of conspiracy to damage an energy facility, four counts of use of fire in the commission of a felony and four counts of malicious use of fire, if convicted of all charges she would face up to 112 years in prison.
February 6th, 2021: Jessica pleads guilty to one Count of Conspiracy to Damage an Energy Facility, the only charge without a mandatory minimum. The charge could result in a sentence of 0-20 years in prison.
June 30th, 2021: Federal Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger applies a domestic terrorism enhancement and sentences Jessica Reznicek to 8 years in prison, followed by 3 years supervised probation, and a restitution of $3,198,512.70 paid to Energy Transfer LLC.
July 13, 2021: Jessica’s and her attorneys file to appeal her sentence.
August 11, 2021: Jessica Reported to Waseca federal prison to begin serving 8 year sentence
August 18, 2021: Deadline for Jessica’s lawyers to file appeal brief gets extended to November, 2021
November 4th, 2021: Jessica's public defender files brief to appeal her sentence, arguing that the terrorism enhancement should not have been applied.
November 10th, 2021: 4 Amicus Briefs filed to support Jessica's appeal.