84-year-old nun set to go to prison after breaking into nuclear facility


After two days of testimony, a federal jury in Knoxville, Tennessee, found Sister Megan Rice, 83; Greg Boertje-Obed, 57; and Michael Walli, 63, guilty of destroying U.S. government property and depredation against federal property exceeding $1,000.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (CNN) – An 84-year-old nun is being sent to prison for her actions during a protest.

Sister Megan Rice was found guilty of damaging and destroying government property.

In 2012, she and two other peace activists were arrested for breaking into a nuclear facility.
The group cut through a chain-link fence surrounding the Y-12 National Security Complex.

They walked nearly a mile and cut through three more fences to get to the building.

The complex, which serves as a uranium processing and storage center, was supposed to have been one of the most tightly secured facilities in the country.

Hours later, a guard confronted the activists, who had already hoisted banners, spray-painted messages and threw blood on a building that houses highly enriched uranium.

In May, Sister Megan Rice, 57-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed and 63-year-old Michael Walli were found guilty of destroying U.S. government property and causing more than $1,000 in damage to federal property.
Recently, she was sentenced to 35 months in prison.
In response to the security breach, Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman says major action has been taken to improve security.

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