Tenn. nuke protesters to stay in jail until fall

AP News
Posted: May 11, 2013 3:36 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 interfering with national security and damaging federal property during last year's incursion. They cut through security fences, hung banners and hammered off a small chunk of the fortress-like Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility.

An attorney for the defendants asked the judge Thursday to allow their release until their Sept. 23 sentencing. They face up to 10 years in prison.

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.