Judge denies new trial for Tennessee nuke protesters

Judge denies new trial for Tennessee nuke protesters

October 3rd, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A judge has denied a new trial for a nun and two other protesters who broke into a nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar also ruled this week against a motion to acquit the three.

The defendants - Sister Megan Rice and protesters Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed - were convicted in May of sabotaging the plant and damaging federal property last year at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. They are scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 28 in Knoxville and face up to 30 years in prison.

They remain in federal custody.