84-year-old nun gets 3 years in prison
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Art Laffin, center, from Washington, D.C., rallies supporters of three anti-nuclear weapons activists before their sentencing hearing Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. Michael Walli, Sister Megan Rice and Greg Boertje-Obed were convicted of interfering with national security when they broke into the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and defaced a uranium storage facility on July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Michael Patrick)
An 84-year-old nun has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for breaking into and defacing a storage bunker holding bomb-grade uranium in a peace demonstration at a Tennessee weapons plant.
Megan Rice was sentenced Tuesday along with activists Greg Boertje-Obed (bohr-CHEE' OH'-bed) and Michael Walli. The men were sentenced to more than five years in prison.
The three activists cut through three fences on July 28, 2012, and reached a storage bunker that holds the nation's primary supply of bomb-grade uranium.
They painted messages, hung banners and threw blood on the bunker wall.
While officials claimed there was never any danger of the protesters reaching materials that could be detonated or used to assemble a dirty bomb, the break-in raised serious questions about security.
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