Tenn. nuke protesters to stay in jail until fall

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Associated Press

Posted on May 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Updated Saturday, May 11 at 1:35 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a nun and two other nuclear protesters must remain in jail until they are sentenced in September for breaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee.

Sister Megan Rice and protesters Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed (bohr-CHEE' OH-bed') were convicted Wednesday of sabotaging the plant and damaging federal property last year at a uranium facility.

The sabotage charge carries a maximum prison term of up to 20 years. The damaged property charge has a penalty of up to 10 years.

An attorney for the defendants asked the judge Thursday to allow their release until their Sept. 23 sentencing.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17bibId) reports U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar said in an order Friday that releasing them would be too lenient.

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