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5 Wash. Peace Demonstrators Sentenced To Prison

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge in Tacoma, Wash., has sentenced five anti-war demonstrators who cut through fences at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor to prison terms ranging from two to 15 months.

The News Tribune reports 84-year-old Jesuit priest Bill Bichsel, of Tacoma was given a three-month prison sentence; 84-year-old Sister Anne Montgomery of Redwood City, Calif., got two months; and 61-year-old social worker Lynne Greenwald of Tacoma got six months.

Two defendants — 61-year-old Jesuit priest Stephen Kelly of Oakland, Calif., and 67-year-old retired teacher Susan Crane of Baltimore — each got 15 months.

The five defendants had been convicted of conspiracy, trespass and destruction of government property and had faced up to 10 years in prison.

Court documents say the group was protesting submarine nuclear weapons when they cut through fences at the base in November 2009.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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