Judge orders Y-12 activists to pay full restitution

Judge orders Y-12 activists to pay full restitution, sentencing postponed

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Sister Megan Rice (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Sister Megan Rice (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Walli (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Michael Walli (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)
Greg Boertje-Obed (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Greg Boertje-Obed (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (AP/WATE) - A judge has ordered a nun and two other Catholic peace activists to pay full restitution of nearly $53,000 for damaging the primary U.S. storehouse for bomb-grade uranium.

Their sentencing hearing, which began on Tuesday morning, had to be postponed due to the winter weather.

The three were convicted of sabotage last year after they broke into the nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge.

The sentencing hearing for all three began Tuesday morning at U.S. District Court in Knoxville. The government has recommended sentences of about six to nine years in prison each for Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed.

The restitution covers damage incurred at the plant when the three cut through fences and painted slogans on the outside wall of the uranium processing plant. The protesters also splattered blood and hammered on the wall.

The Federal Courthouse closed at 2:30 p.m. due to winter weather, so the rest of the sentencing hearing was postponed. 

Since the judge is from Kentucky, if he is able to make it to court, the hearing will resume Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. If he is snowed in, the hearing will resume on February 18.

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