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3 guilty of weapons plant break-in

3 guilty of weapons plant break-in

May 9th, 2013 in News

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An 83-year-old nun and two fellow protesters were convicted Wednesday of interfering with national security when they broke into a nuclear weapons facility in Tennessee and defaced a uranium processing plant.

It took a jury about 2 1⁄2 hours to find the three protesters guilty of a charge of sabotaging the plant and second charge of damaging federal property in July at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge in July.

Defense attorneys said in closing arguments that federal prosecutors had overreached in the charges because of the embarrassment caused by the break-in. "The shortcomings in security at one of the most dangerous places on the planet have embarrassed a lot of people," defense lawyer Francis Lloyd said.

"You're looking at three scapegoats behind me."

Defense attorney Bill Quigley urged jurors to "protect all of us from the government gone overboard," he said. "Sometimes they overreach."