83-year-old nun to be sentenced for sabotage after breaking into nuclear weapons plant

By Travis Loller

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 27 2014 1:45 p.m. MST

In this May 6, 2013 file photo, nuclear protesters, from left, Michael Walli, Sister Megan Rice, and Greg Boertje-Obed, arrive for their trial for in Knoxville, Tenn. All three are scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, for their convictions for breaking in to the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge and painting slogans on the outside wall of its uranium processing plant.

Michael Patrick, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An 83-year-old Catholic nun will soon find out whether she spends what could be the rest of her life in prison.

Sentencing for Sister Megan Rice and two other Catholic peace activists is scheduled for Tuesday. They were convicted of sabotage last year after breaking into a nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The government has recommended sentences of about six to nine years for Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed. It also is seeking restitution of nearly $53,000. The activists are asking for leniency. They say their actions were symbolic and meant to draw attention to America's stockpile of nuclear weapons, which they call immoral and illegal.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday at U.S. District Court in Knoxville.

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