3 protesters sentenced for breaking into Y-12 complex

3 protesters sentenced for breaking into Y-12 complex

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

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An 84-year-old nun and two other activists who broke into the Y-12 nuclear weapons complex in 2012 were sentenced Tuesday afternoon.

Sister Megan Rice was sentenced to 35 months in prison minus time served. Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were each sentenced to 62 months and three years supervised release.

Their attorneys had argued they should be sentenced to time served, or about nine months, because of their record of goodwill.

The hearing began on January 28 but had to be postponed due to winter weather.

The three cut through fences in July 2012, reaching a storage bunker that contains the nation's primary supply of uranium.

While officials claimed there was never any danger, questions about security were raised.

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