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    Despite pleas for leniency and a 14,000-signature petition, a Catholic nun was handed a jail term of 35 months for a 2012 protest at a nuclear power plant, according to The Guardian.
    Sister Megan Rice, along with codefendants Greg Boertje-Obed, 58, and Michael Walli, 64, broke into the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn. in July 2012.
    After cutting through three fences and reaching a storage bunker, the protesters smeared walls with Biblical references and human blood. They hung banners with phrases like “The fruit of justice is peace,” strung up crime scene tape and hammered off a small piece of the bunker.
    While the break-in sounded the alarms, the protesters were able to spend two hours inside the restricted area before guards found them. When confronted, the trio of protesters offered to break bread and read from the Bible with the guards.
    Rice’s codefendants received 62-month terms. The government had wanted sentences of between five and nine years for the protesters. Previously the protesters were ordered by a judge to pay $53,000 for the damaged that they caused.
    Rice and the other defendants had spent nine months in prison, mostly in Ocilla, Ga. Their lawyers argued that was sufficient time for punishment for their symbolic, non-violent actions that were intended to call attention to the U.S. stockpile of nuclear weapons.
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