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Y-12 protesters ordered jailed until sentencing

6:59 PM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
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The three people who were tried and convicted of sabotaging and vandalizing the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex will remain behind bars until their sentencing hearing, according to a ruling from U.S. District Court.

That hearing has been scheduled for September 23.

A jury this week found Michael Walli, 64, Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, and Sister Megan Rice, an 82-year-old nun, guilty in the case.

The trio admitted to cutting through fences at Y-12 and vandalizing the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility last July.

The judge asked the prosecution if it wanted to allow them to bond out Wednesday. The prosecution requested that the trio be "remanded" into custody instead.

In the court's subsequent ruling about detention until sentencing, it said the seriousness of the charges requires the defendants be jailed until the sentence is handed down, and the trio does not meet the requirements for an exception.

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