84-year-old nun sentenced to prison for nuclear plant beak-in

02/19/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Tennessee – An 84-year-old nun has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison over a break-in at a nuclear facility. As reported by CNN, an attorney for Sister Megan Rice said that she had been sentenced to 35 months on Tuesday after being found guilty of destroying U.S. government property and causing more than $1,000 in damage to federal property last year.

A federal jury found Rice, along with Greg Boertje-Obed, 57; and Michael Walli, 63 guilty of the charges in May. The sentences given to the other two peace activists were not noted in the report.

The case stems from an incident in 2012 in which the three reportedly cut through fences near the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, spray painted messages, and carried out other acts in protest.

Joe Quigley, an attorney for Walli, is quoted as stating to CNN affiliate WATE following their trial in May, “They’re at peace about this. They’re peacemakers, and they knew that they risked this… Nobody is happy to go jail, but they understand.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Tennessee Legal News

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