Plowshare activists could face up to 10 years in jail for their recent protest.
- 08/10/2012 by Andrea Sears (WBAI)

A federal grand jury has expanded the charges against three anti- war protesters who allegedly broke into weapons manufacturing facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  The Plowshares activists, including 82-year-old Sister Megan Rice, a Catholic nun, were arrested last month on the grounds of the facility where weapons grade uranium for nuclear warheads is stored.

They had been charged with trespassing, a misdemeanor, and malicious destruction of property, a felony.  But on Thursday the grand jury in Knoxville added a new charge, “depredation of government property”, a felony that carries up to ten years in prison and a quarter million dollars in fines.

WBAI’s Andrea Sears spoke with Leonard Eiger, media outreach coordinator for the Disarm Now Plowshares.  Eiger says the protesters entered the Y-12 facility at about 4:00 AM on July 28th.

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