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Ethan Abbott, Farming Activist: Anti-GMO Political Prisoner or Combustible Harasser?

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Photo by Ambrose Cruz courtesy of March Against Monsanto Facebook/Occupy Denver Facebook
A 2013 March Against Monsanto that Ethan Abbott helped to organize.
Even his supporters admit that Ethan Abbott, the embattled natural farming activist who's been feuding with county authorities on several fronts, has a bit of a temper. But Abbott, 38, who was sentenced yesterday to ninety days in jail and eighteen months of probation in Weld County Court over a 2012 altercation with a neighbor, says that there's more to the case than his orneriness -- that, in effect, he's the one being harassed and set up by influential people with ties to factory farming and fracking.

It's an attitude that the judge who sentenced him finds disturbing. "Mr. Abbott doesn't deal with conflict well," Judge John Briggs told the assembled at Abbott's tense sentencing hearing. "The way that Mr. Abbott perceives things and reacts is not always consistent with reality."

See also: "Denver's March Against Monsanto One of Ten Largest Worldwide, Organizer Says"

Abbott disagrees. "I believe there's a lot more to this whole story than people are allowing me to bring out," he says.

Some people who have worked with Abbott consider him to be a gifted and passionate, albeit volatile, proponent of natural farming. He's been heavily involved in the nonprofit Get To Know Your Farmer, which provides consultation and volunteer labor to help small, family-operated farms. He was an organizer of last fall's March Against Monsanto in Denver, hires the homeless to work on his farm projects, has been vocal in the fight against GMOs, and volunteered for the Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition and similar causes.

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A 2001 Ethan Abbott mug shot.
But Abbott has also had some pungent disputes with other activists as well as landlords. A master plumber, his work as a handyman has been blasted on one website by dissatisfied customers. And he's been involved in a series of disconcerting confrontations with vendors, law enforcement, animal welfare inspectors, and others over his farming operations during the past few years, particularly in Weld County.

Prosecutors say Abbott has been involved in thirty court cases over the past 23 years, facing charges ranging from making "terrorist threats" to obstruction, menacing, and harassment. His public defender says thirteen of those cases were traffic offenses and that eight others ended in his acquittal or dismissal of the charges -- including a recent acquittal on animal cruelty charges. That still leaves three assault convictions as an adult and a pile of civil litigation across five counties.

Yesterday's hearing was the result of events that unfolded nearly two years ago, when a woman named Ellen Kerbs, who lived a mile from Abbott's farm, stopped by to tell him that one of his calves was loose in the road. According to Krebs, Abbott bellowed at her, cursed her and punched out the back window of her vehicle, spraying glass and terrifying her five-year-old grandson, who was in the back seat.

"I went through the most horrifying, scary event of my lifetime," Kerbs told the court. "I saw somebody who was totally unhinged, disturbed."

Abbott admits yelling at Kerbs for ignoring his "no trespassing" signs and entering his house uninvited, but he denies punching out her window. He says she reversed her van into him while he was in the driveway trying to spot the calf, and that it was his head, not his arm, that went through the back window. He says he suffered injuries to his knee, back and head -- and no marks on his hands -- but sheriff's deputies declined to conduct an accident investigation and charged him instead. At trial his own attorney didn't produce any of his medical records, and the jury found him guilty of criminal mischief, harassment and reckless endangerment -- all misdemeanors.

Abbott's statement at sentencing seethed with his frustration at the way the case had been handled. He produced a small pill bottle containing glass fragments that he says were removed from his head. "I've never gone looking for trouble," he told Judge Briggs. "I just want to farm. I do feel that if I go to jail, I am a political prisoner. I believe I would be murdered."

But Briggs wasn't moved by Abbott's claims that he'd been targeted for threats and persecution by the Weld County Sheriff's Office, calling it part of the defendant's "break from reality." In addition to the jail time, he ordered a mental health assessment and anger management classes as conditions of Abbott's probation.

Abbott indicated he would appeal the case. "Weld County has gone after my class of farmer with a vengeance," he says. "They have a huge vendetta against me."


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43 comments
passerby
passerby

this whole situation is very sad.  The animals on his farm are neglected not natural.  the place is trashed.  he needs help.  Weld County is definitely staying close to Ethan Abbott as he has threatened many people.  All you need to do is read is facebook site "Ec Abbotts" to see the level of mental illness.  I don't get why anyone supports him, financially or otherwise. Natural farming is NOT what he is doing. 

Frank Hickenlooperwooper Sturgell
Frank Hickenlooperwooper Sturgell

He's not a plumber. He has a 'Cease and Desist Order' from DORA to stop faking that he is a plumber. Steal from clients. Steals from employees. Uses the homeless for labor and does not pay them. 90 days is not enough.

haloguy628
haloguy628

So in other words Abbott is a violent criminal with asshole personality and fixation disorder. Oh, forgot the martyr complex.

xyzabc
xyzabc

Anti GMO activist farmers.  You know the marijuana ya'll smoking these days is the most genetically modified crop in Colorado of the 21st century.  Oh wait, that don't matter 'cause it's my medical DOPE!!  GMO don't matter all of a sudden - DOES IT?

TWO FACED BITCHES!!  

Winston Smith
Winston Smith

Ethan is a bi-polar nut who needs mental help. He has repeatedly tried to put people into abusive relationships where he continually makes threats against his life and even threatens to 'take others with him.' I predicted he'd end up in a concrete cell or padded room a long time ago. Thanks for maintaining journalistic balance Denver Westword.

whitetiger77
whitetiger77

I was under the impression that Ethan's attorney was not allowed to submit evidence. The article just said that none was produced but nothing more. Ethan is a good hearted person. You people that talk down to him obviously don't know him.... Also, why is the judge calling Ethans concerns for his life delusional? He has had witnesses to the harassment from the weld county police department... of course, none of this was allowed in court...

ZellerDenver
ZellerDenver

Wow, all the haters that just love to kick a man when he's down. 


Mr. Abbott is an acquaintance and I can state that the Westword article is on target.  I believe Westword has reported both sides with accuracy.


A quick online search regarding Ethan Abbott and A Good Handyman nets the multiple - and wholly anonymous - complaints from a few years back; all on one specific site.  I cannot verify if these are legitimate or not, but there are no complaint records at BBB Colorado that come up.


It would seem that questionable complaints and eccentric personality aside, Mr, Abbott ha,s in fact, been the target of an effort against him.  Why would a judge sentence under such a discriminatory manner.  The Judge in this case seems to have overlooked the need to order any psychiatric evaluations but still refused evidence and sentenced based on his dislike of Mr Abbott's personality.


What human deserves retaliation when clearly there is a need for assistance and support?


Now, all you haters - want to target me for calling out your negativity?  At least I am not hiding behind fake online names!  Mind your manners and find more productive and positive things to do with your time. (Judge not that ye be not judged...)


This is all I have to comment on the subject.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Our boy Abbott sounds like a loud-mouthed rabble-rouser.  


It is quite apparent the parasite also expects someone other than himself (the taxpayer) to pay for his day in court as well as his defense.

CmonWestword
CmonWestword

Ethan Abbott is a conman.  Westword did not perform journalism in this article.  If they did, they would have found that Mr. Abbott does not pay the homeless that he hires.  He uses them due to their vulnerable position.
Ethan Abbott is a conman.  Westword calls him a "master plumber."  This is once again not journalism.  Mr. Abbott does not have a plumbers license.  He has a 'Cease and Desist Order' from DORA.  That is pretty easy to look up Westword.

Ethan Abbott is a conman.  Westword tagging Occupy Denver is an intentional smear by Westword against the Occupy name.  Ethan is far too narcissistic to be an Occupier and did not Occupy a thing.
btw.  Can Westword state a single other "natural farmer" that has been "attacked" they way Ethan has in his hallucinations?  Just 1? 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@haloguy628


"The way that ... [Robert Chase] ... perceives things and reacts is not always consistent with reality."



muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@xyzabc You don't even know what genetically modified even means, do you, alphabet learner?

Hint:  It has nothing to do with selective breeding. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@xyzabc ...  back in the 80's, conscientious partiers preferred Free Range Cocaine.

haloguy628
haloguy628

@whitetiger77 You mean like when you do crime or disturb other people the police will come and harass you?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ZellerDenver "The Judge in this case seems to have overlooked the need to order any psychiatric evaluations"


So you admit his is mentally unbalanced, with a propensity toward violent reaction against others, eh?


Does he own/possess any firearms?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues You calling someone a loudmouth?  Thank you for once again showing what hypocrits libertARYANs/republicaNAZIs/CULTservaturds, and other forms of teabaggers really are.

lastrebelcowboy
lastrebelcowboy

@CmonWestword I agree.  If they had done research, March Against Monsanto's Denver Affiliate might have been contacted ( they were not).  One major example of his con can be seen as he privatized the name of the organization into a private business!

karat2
karat2

Hes a good man. Pathetic attempt at smearing a person's name, dude above me. Have a feeling your a cop, lawyer, or someone legally connected to this case. Go fuck yourself. When he ends up dead from an apparent "suicide" in jail, shit hits the fan. Known this guy for awhile. Good person. Just trying to live his life. Fuck you and fuck everything your about. Thanks westword for letting more people read his story and decide for themself. The dude above me is a conman. The dude above me is a conman. The dude above me is a conman. See, saying something over and over again doesnt make it real. Ethan Abbots was a good person who just tried to live. But scumbags like you dont like people living free

whitetiger77
whitetiger77

@haloguy628 No haloguy628. I am referring to unsolicited and unprovoked visits.

whitetiger77
whitetiger77

@haloguy628 No haloguy628. I am referring to unsolicited and unprovoked visits.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @ZellerDenver "Mentally unbalanced, with a propensity toward violent reaction against others" describes most of today's conservatives, especially the ammosexuals.
 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga 


Fucking moron, can't spell Libertarian, can't spell republican, can't spell conservative and too fucking stupid to spell


HYPOCRITES.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@karat2


So, saying "your" instead of  "you're" over and over again won't  make that real either?  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@whitetiger77 ... when someone's livestock is loose and in the public roadway, the visit to notify the owner of that dangerous hazard isn't "unsolicited and unprovoked".


hth.

whitetiger77
whitetiger77

Donkey, I am not referring to the lady's visit

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@whitetiger77 ... so he deserves to be punished for his unlawful violent attack upon that lady and the child.



muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga @karat2 You are what happens when a patient can't differentiate between their fantasies and reality.  You are today's conservative movement, AKA a yappy little cult.

whitetiger77
whitetiger77

Donkey, please read the entire conversation. I am not referencing anything pertaining to the lady

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@whitetiger77 ... so you admit his illegal violent actions toward the lady should be punished in accordance with criminal law ... the same law that applies to everyone else

whitetiger77
whitetiger77

Donkey, I dont know what part of my post is so hard for you to understand. I dont feel that it was that complicated. I'll say it one last time for you.... my post did NOT have anything to do with the lady

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@whitetiger77 ... so the behavior of your mentally unbalanced violent pal toward the lady is the issue, eh?



muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga @karat2 

Sometimes "R" is just to filthy a word.  "R" is for ronald reagan, republican, romney...."R" is just dirty.

You not my patient, I can't pefom a canial fecesectimy fo you.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga @karat2 Thats all it takes to own you.  If you could bring some thought into your odd little posts, it might take more than simple manipulation to own you.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga @fishingblues @karat2


You are suffering from delusions, fatso.  The only thing you own is that mass of blubber you carry around.


By the way stupid, "thats" (sic) should be that's.


Fuck, you are pathetic!  

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