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Nun, 84, gets three years in US prison for nuclear break-in

Published on Feb 19, 2014 2:01 PM
Greg Boertje-Obed (left), Sister Megan Rice (centre) and Michael Walli (right) are pictured with supporters after a hearing in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Feb 7, 2013. Rice, 84, who broke into a nuclear facility in the United States, was sentenced to nearly three years in prison on Tuesday, Feb 19, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

CHICAGO (AFP) - An elderly nun who broke into what was supposed to be one of the most carefully guarded nuclear facilities in the United States was sentenced to nearly three years in prison on Tuesday, local media reported.

Sister Megan Rice, 84, cut through fences and several layers of security at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee along with two other members of Transform Now Plowshares - a pacifist group - in July 2012.

They spent two hours in the complex before being caught by security guards.

In that time, they hoisted banners, spray painted messages like "work for peace not war" and tossed human blood on a building used to store and process the highly-enriched uranium used to make nuclear bombs.

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