Three defendants previously charged with trespassing and vandalism of the Y-12 Security Complex are now facing additional charges of injuring national defense premises, also known as sabotage.
According to a press release from United States Attorney William C. Killian, a federal grand jury in Knoxville handed down the indictment Tuesday against Michael Walli, Megan Rice, and Greg Boertje-Obed.
Prosecutors allege that Walli, Ricem, and Boertje-Obed worked together to intentionally injure, interfere with, and obstruct the national defense of the United States by injuring, destroying, contaminating and attempting to do more damage the Y-12 National Security Complex.
The new charges take the place of the previous indictments of destruction of property, depredation (attacking or plundering) of United State government property over $1,000, and trespassing onto DOE property.
All previous charges excluding trespassing are included in this new indictment.
The new charge carries a maximum imprisonment term of 20 years. The previous charges carried maximum imprisonment terms of 5 and 10 years respectively. The maximum fine is $250,000 per count.