An 83-year-old Catholic nun, imprisoned since her arrest in May, today faces what would effectively be a ‘life sentence’ over the breaking into and sabotaging of a nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in the US.
Sr Megan Rice is one of three Catholic peace activists who face sentencing today over in the incident at the primary US storehouse for bomb-grade uranium. Sentencing for all three is scheduled for 9am today at US District Court in Knoxville.
The US Government has recommended sentences of about six to nine years each for Sr Megan, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, but there is no minimum sentence for what they are accused of. The government also is seeking compensation of nearly $53,000 (£32,230) for damages suffered from when the three activists cut through fences and painted slogans on the outside wall of the uranium processing plant. The protesters also splattered blood and hammered on the wall. Sr Megan, who turns 84 this Thursday, and her co-defendants are asking for leniency but are prepared for the worst.