Actor James Cromwell sentenced to jail for NY plant protest

James Cromwell
FILE - In this Saturday, March 29, 2014, file photo, actor James Cromwell arrives at The Humane Society Of The United States 60th Anniversary Benefit Gala on , in Beverly Hills, Calif. Cromwell was one of two people escorted from an upstate New York business event on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, for protesting an award given to an energy company. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

WAWAYANDA, N.Y. (AP) — Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell has been sentenced to jail for refusing to pay fines related to his arrest at a protest at a New York power plant.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports a town judge in Wawayanda on Thursday sentenced Cromwell to seven days in jail.

Cromwell was among a group found guilty of obstructing traffic at a December 2015 sit-in at the site of a natural gas-fired power plant being built in Wawayanda. The protesters say the plant poses a threat to the environment.

Cromwell says he hopes that people can see the injustice of the jail sentence and that others may be inspired to join the pickets.

Cromwell lives in a neighboring town. He has appeared in more than 50 films, including “Babe” and “L.A. Confidential.”

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