CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An anti-mountaintop removal activist is free after spending five days in jail following his arrest for trying to leave a container of mining dust at the West Virginia Governor's Mansion.
Mike Roselle, 59, of Rock Creek, was released from the South Central Regional Jail on a personal recognizance bond. He had been held since Thanksgiving Day, when State Police charged him with trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Kanawha County Magistrate Brent Hall had ordered Roselle held on $10,000 bail.
Tom Rist, Roselle's attorney, said Roselle already spent more time in jail than the maximum sentence if he were to be convicted.
The trespassing charge carries a maximum fine of $100, Rist said. The disorderly conduct charge carries a maximum of 24 hours in jail or a $100 fine, he said.
"We intend to fight both of these charges," Rist said. "He didn't do anything."
Roselle, a leader of the group Climate Ground Zero, is a longtime environmental activist. He came to West Virginia several years ago and began leading a series of peaceful civil disobedience protests aimed at shutting down mountaintop removal operations.
Last week, Roselle initially appeared at the state Capitol to deliver a jar of mountaintop removal blasting dust to the liberty bell, located on the steps on the north side of the building.