Clare Grady (left) was arrested yesterday for her role in an anti-drones protest. (Provided photo)

Syracuse, N.Y. — A sister of the Ithaca grandmother sent to jail for a year for her role in anti-drones demonstrations was arrested Wednesday during a protest and sent to jail.

Clare Grady, of Ithaca, was charged with trespassing and violation of an order of protection.

She is the sister of Mary Anne Grady Flores, who was sentenced to a year in prison on July 10 for violating an order of protection after being told to keep away from Col. Earl Evans. That sentence has drawn national attention.

Clare Grady (left) was arrested yesterday for her role in an anti-drones protest. (Provided photo)

The protest, which took place at the main gate of Syracuse Hancock Air Base, consisted of eight people. Seven were arrested for trespassing after blocking off the main entrance to the air base, according to the protesters.

Along with Grady, Martha Hennessy was also charged with violating an Order of Protection.

Grady and Hennessy are being held on $10,000 bail.

Two of the protesters, Liz McAlister and Erica Brock, were charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Brock, along with Felton Davis and Joan Pleune, are all being held on $2,500 bail.

The protest was raised to bring attention to U.S. drones strikes in Afghanistan.

The eight protesters delivered a “People’s War Crimes Indictment” by affixing it to a fence after it was refused by personnel on the base.

Mary Anne Grady Flores, smiling, after being sentenced to a year in prison.

Grady Flores received the maximum possible punishment for the crime. Her sister said that Grady Flores was unaware that her actions constituted a violation of the order of protection at the time.

Grady-Flores was released from prison on a “stay of sentence,” which means that she is free, for now. She is appealing the case after being released on $5,000 bail.

The appeal will happen over the next few months, wrote Grady Flores’ attorney, Lance Salisbury in an email.

Kyle Friend

A senior at Cornell University, Kyle covers the affordable housing crisis for the Ithaca Voice. Reach him through e-mail: