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Nun, 84, Sentenced to Jail for Nuclear Protest

In this Aug. 17, 2012, photo a sign warns against trespassing onto the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
An 84-year-old Catholic nun will spend nearly three years in a federal prison for breaking into a U.S. nuclear weapons complex in a protest action that exposed serious flaws in security.

Two other activists who broke into the facility in 2012 with Megan Rice were sentenced to more than five years in prison.

Rice and fellow anti-nuclear activists Michael Walli, 64, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 58, were convicted in May of sabotage for their actions at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. All three are members of the Plowshares movement of Christian pacifists.

The three cut through fences and made it through multiple layers of security. They spent more than two hours in a restricted area and had time to hang banners, paint slogans and splash blood on the outside of the building before security personnel apprehended them.