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Nun prison: 35-month prison sentence for protesting nun

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A nun has been sentenced to prison after breaking into a nuclear weapons complex in Tennessee. On Feb. 18, The Christian Science Monitor reported that the nun -- Sister Megan Rice -- broke into the high-security facility in July 2012 with fellow protesters Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli. All three were sentenced to prison time but Boertje-Obed and Walli will be behind bars for 62 months each while Sister Rice was given a 35-month sentence. The three will also have to pay $52,953 in fines.

"Please have no leniency with me. To remain in prison for the rest of my life would be the greatest gift you could give me," Sister Rice told the judge in her closing statement (via The Christian Science Monitor). It's unclear why she received a lesser sentence than her peers.

The nun will reflect in prison though it doesn't seem as though she is sorry for what she did. As you can see in the video above (taken after Sister Rice was arrested), the nun feels very strongly about what she did. You see, once inside the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, she and the two males with her defaced areas of the building and splattered human blood everywhere. They also "spray painted Biblical slogans of peace" on the walls.

Interestingly enough, this break-in may have been a blessing in disguise. Officials were shocked to learn that three protestors were able to breach the security of the complex which is said to be "the 'Fort Knox' of weapons-grade uranium."

The nun who is going to prison has been spreading a message of peace for many years. While some might disagree with the way that she goes about it (she has been arrested over three dozen times for "civil disobedience), she has been standing up for her beliefs.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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