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Three Dominican Nuns Await Sentencing for Damaging Nuclear Site in Colorado

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The nuns cut the chain securing a nuclear missile site in northeastern Colorado and entered. They are convicted of injuring and obstructing national defense, and of inflicting more than $1,000 of damage to government property.

We turn now to a story of three Dominican nuns who are awaiting sentencing for another plowshares action.

On the morning of Oct. 6, 2002 the Roman Catholic nuns cut the chain securing a nuclear missile site in northeastern Colorado, and entered.

They hammered on a 110-ton concrete lid covering the Minuteman III missile silo. They poured their own blood in the shape of crosses from plastic baby bottles. They sang, and they prayed for world peace.

A Denver jury convicted them last month of injuring and obstructing national defense, and of inflicting more than $1,000 of damage to government property. Prosecutors said they will ask U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn to sentence the nuns to five to eight years in federal prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

  • Carol Gilbert, Dominican nun
  • Ardeth Platte, Dominican nun

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