Y-12 protesters to remain in jail

Y-12 protesters to remain in jail


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Three peace protesters convicted of trespassing on the Y-12 National Security Complex will remain in jail for now.

Michael Walli, Sister Megan Rice, and Greg Boertje-Obed were found guilty Wednesday in connection with the July incident.

The three were back in court Thursday morning to find out whether they would remain in custody until sentencing.

The judge said Thursday that the decision hinged on whether it was a violent crime; If so, rules would require them to stay in custody. If not, the judge has some leeway.

Other issues at play would be whether the trio are a risk for running from the law, if they're likely to and whether they're likely to disobey the court.

Both sides now have several weeks to file motions.

The judge likely won't make a ruling for another two months.

Fellow activists continued demonstrating outside the courthouse and were in the courtroom as well.

"They know this system. They know they are likely to be treated harshly and they had smiles on their faces. They were very glad to see all of us in support and they are totally not surprised at the convolutions of the law," said Plowshares activist Ellen Barfield.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 23.

Because the convictions fall under the Sabotage Act, the group could face up to 30 years in prison.

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