Sr. Megan Rice

Sr. Megan Rice

May 20, 2013

An 83-year-old woman religious and two other peace activists were found guilty May 8 in a federal court in Knoxville, Tenn., of “intending to harm national security” by breaking into the nuclear weapon-producing facility and defacing its walls last summer.

The group: Sister Megan Rice from Washington; Michael Walli, also from Washington, and Greg Boertje-Obed from Duluth, Minn., will be sentenced Sept. 23.

After the July 28 break-in at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, the facility shut down for two weeks.

The defendants, part of the group Transform Now Plowshares, intended their actions to be symbolic, their attorney said.

They cut through security fences, hung banners, strung crime-scene tape and hammered off a small chunk inside the most secure part of complex.

They also splattered blood on the walls.