Judge orders activists to pay full restitution
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A sentencing hearing for a nun and two other Catholic peace activists has been delayed after the federal courthouse in Knoxville shut down because of snow.
On Tuesday, a judge ordered the three to pay full restitution of nearly $53,000 for damaging the primary U.S. storehouse for bomb-grade uranium. But they will have to wait to find out if they'll serve time in prison.
The three were convicted of sabotage last year after they broke into the nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The government has recommended sentences of about six to nine years in prison each for Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed (bohr-CHEE' OH-bed').
The restitution covers damage incurred at the plant when the three cut through fences and painted slogans on the outside wall of the uranium processing plant.