Elderly nun sentenced to prison for nuclear break-in
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 01:14
Feb. 19 - A federal judge has sentenced an 84-year-old nun to nearly three years in prison for breaking into a Tennessee nuclear weapons complex. Linda So reports.
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Supporters of Sister Megan Rice are standing in solidarity.
They gathered outside the federal courthouse in Tennessee on Tuesday after a judge sentenced the elderly nun to 35 months in prison for breaking into a nuclear weapons complex.
Fellow peace activists Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were sentenced to 62 months in prison.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED SUPPORTER, SAYING:
"The government, which continues to build and develop and increase nuclear weapons, is the criminal party here not our beloved friends."
The three were convicted of cutting fences and entering the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in July 2012.
Rice and the others admitted to spray painting peace slogans and hammering on exterior walls of the facility where enriched uranium for nuclear bombs is stored.
They said they broke in to the facility to expose security flaws at the site.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DEFENSE ATTORNEY CHRIS ERWIN, SAYING:
"You may agree with what happens in Y-12. You may disagree with it. But we were told we were safe. We were lied to."
Rice had requested a life sentence, but the judge refused.
Since the break-in, several changes have been made to improve security at the site.
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