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83-year-old nun to be sentenced for sabotage

Sister Megan Rice could face 9 years in jail.
Sister Megan Rice could face 9 years in jail.

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NASHVILLE — An 83-year-old Catholic nun convicted in a protest and break-in at the primary US storehouse for bomb-grade uranium will find out Tuesday whether she spends what could be the rest of her life in prison.

Sister Megan Rice is one of three Catholic peace activists convicted of sabotage last year after they broke into the nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Sentencing for all three is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday at US District Court in Knoxville.

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

It also is seeking restitution of nearly $53,000 for damage incurred when the three cut through fences and painted slogans on the outside wall of the uranium processing plant.

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