Posted: Feb 18, 2014 1:55 AM
Updated: Feb 18, 2014 1:56 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) An 84-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists will learn Tuesday whether they will spend the next six to nine years in prison.
In 2012, the activists broke onto the grounds of a nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., cutting through fences before reaching a storage bunker holding the nation's primary supply of bomb-grade uranium. They splashed blood on a wall of the bunker and painted messages such as, "The fruit of justice is peace."
Sister Megan Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed (bohr-CHEE' OH'-bed) and Michael Walli were found guilty of sabotaging the plant. Attorneys for the activists are asking the judge for leniency. They argue that the intrusion was a symbolic act meant to bring attention to America's nuclear weapons, which the activists view as immoral and illegal.