Nun, 84, Gets 3 Years for Breaking Into Uranium Locker
Megan Rice was one of 3 activists charged with defacing storage bunker
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 18, 2014 5:44 PM CST
In this Monday, May 6, 2013, file photo, anti-nuclear weapons activists, from left, Michael Walli, Sister Megan Rice and Greg Boertje-Obed arrive for their trial in Knoxville, Tenn.    (Michael Patrick)

(Newser) – 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, 58, and Michael Walli, 65. The men were sentenced to more than five years in prison. All sentences were less than the recommended minimum guidelines, the Knoxville Sentinel reports.

Rice asked Judge Amul Thapar to put her in prison for life, but he declined. "I just can’t accommodate you on that," he said. 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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Feb 20, 2014 7:55 PM CST
I love old hippies. Attica! Attica! Warning: people under 50 may not get the reference.
Feb 20, 2014 10:45 AM CST
the sick, lazy dumbazz security team that let an 84 year old nun and other folk get as far as they did should be in prison for at least 50 years! this nun and her friends should get an award for showing up the big bunch of dumbazz "security?" folk. we are very very lucky that it was a nun and not a "real" bad guy! how fu-ked up has america become to put an 84 year old nun in prison for something so dumbazz as this! defacing, ba!
Feb 20, 2014 10:04 AM CST
I remember back in the 80's the No Nukes concerts. Just about everyone who was someone at the time, Bruce Springsteen, Pat Benatar, an up and coming Madonna and others performed at these venues to "raise awareness" about how eeevilness of nuclear proliferation, especially the US and to a lesser extent, the "little satan" Israel. Now that the Iranians and possibly the N Koreans are well on their way to develop nukes, where are the self righteous celebrities now? (crickets chirping). And as far this nun, talk about Christian zealots trying to impose their morality on others. Gee, where do the atheists stand on this one?