Nuke protesters to stay in jail
May 12, 2013 2:20 AM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a nun and two other protesters must remain in jail until they are sentenced in September for breaking into a nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee.

Sister Megan Rice and protesters Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were convicted Wednesday of sabotaging the plant and damaging federal property last year at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

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. A defense attorney asked the judge during a hearing on Thursday to allow their release until their Sept. 23 sentencing. Prosecutor Jeff Theodore said the government opposes the trio’s release, noting that they testified during trial that they felt no remorse for their actions.

U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar said in an order issued Friday that releasing them would be too lenient.

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