Duluth Nuclear Protester to Stay in Jail until Fall

Posted at: 05/12/2013 9:15 AM


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a Duluth man 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 were convicted Wednesday of sabotaging the plant and damaging federal property last year at a uranium facility.  Boertje-Obed is from Duluth, while Rice and Walli are from Washington, D.C.

The sabotage charge carries a maximum prison term of up to 20 years. The damaged property charge has a penalty of up to 10 years.

An attorney for the defendants asked the judge Thursday to allow their release until their Sept. 23 sentencing.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar said in an order Friday that releasing them would be too lenient.

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