Duluth peace activist, others ordered to pay $53K in restitution; trial delayed

  • Article by: ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • Updated: January 28, 2014 - 1:27 PM

May 6, 2013: 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.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A sentencing hearing for a nun and two other Catholic peace activists, including one from Duluth, has been delayed after the federal courthouse in Knoxville shut down because of snow.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered the three to pay full restitution of nearly $53,000 for damaging the primary U.S. storehouse for bomb-grade uranium. But they will have to wait to find out if they'll serve time in prison.

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

The government has recommended sentences of about six to nine years in prison each for Sister Megan Rice, of Duluth, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, of Duluth.

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.

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