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Nun who vandalized Y-12 will be allowed to leave prison to attend funeral

1:38 PM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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A nun who was convicted of vandalizing the Y-12 National Security Complex will be allowed to leave prison for a few days to attend her brother-in-law's funeral.

Sister Megan Rice is awaiting sentencing after being convicted May 8 on one count of willful destruction of government property and one count of injury of national-defense premises with intent to interfere with the national defense. 

Last July, she and two men penetrated the security perimeter at Y-12, making it all the way to the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility, where they splashed blood and wrote messages on the walls.

Lawyers for the 83-year-old nun had requested she be allowed to leave the federal prison in Oscilla, Georgia, so she could travel to Syracuse, New York, for the funeral of her brother-in-law, Peter Finnerty.

In court documents, she outlines her travel plans, says she will be picked up by and escorted by her nephew and his wife the entire time. She also promises not to speak to the media while released.

The government opposed the request, saying nothing had changed since a federal judge ordered her to be detained until her September sentencing.

However, a judge granted her request, saying that Rice is not a danger to the public or likely to flee.

Rice will be released on July 25 and must report back on July 29.  She will be free on the anniversary of the vandalism at Y-12, which is July 28.

 

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