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Y-12 vandalism suspects charged with sabotage

11:50 AM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
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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.

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