Sister Megan Rice was sentenced Tuesday to serve 35 months in prison for "injuring national defense premises," that is, the Y-12 National Security Complex with the intent to interfere with the national defense of the United States, and another count of depredation against property of the United States.
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Judge Amul Thapar acknowledged the trio sincerely held their religious beliefs, but also said at Tuesday's sentencing that those beliefs provided no excuse for breaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. The complex is the nation's primary storehouse for bomb-grade uranium.
All three will also serve three years supervised release upon their release and they were ordered to to pay $52,953 in restitution to the Department of Energy.
On July 28, 2012, in the middle of the night, in what they characterized as an act of protest, the three used bolt cutters to cut through three security fences and made their way to the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility (HEUMF), which houses weapons-grade uranium. They splashed human blood and painted slogans on the exterior wall of the HEUMF.
Following the sentencing U.S. Attorney William C. Killian commended the sentences and said he hoped it would send a strong message.
“The Y-12 National Security Complex plays a critical role in our country’s national defense. People cannot take the law into their own hands and unlawfully intrude upon sensitive government facilities. Those who violate the law and compromise the security of the Y-12 National Security Complex will be vigorously prosecuted.”