Nuns convicted for prophetic sabotage
A jury has convicted three nuns of defacing a missile silo by swinging hammers and painting crosses on it with their own blood.
Sisters Ardeth Platte, 66, Jackie Hudson, 68, and Carol Gilbert, 55, were arrested for breaking into a Minuteman III missile silo site on Colorado's northeastern plains in October last year.
The nuns are peace activists and have said they were compelled to act as war with Iraq moved closer and because the United States has never promised not to use nuclear weapons.
Their defence lawyers argued the nuns' action was symbolic and never jeopardized national security.
The three, who are members of the Dominican order, were charged with interfering with the nation's defence and causing property damage of more than ,000.
Jurors deliberated for about six hours before delivering the verdict in U.S. District Court.
After the verdicts were read, the women spoke to the jury.
"They will discover that we are not guilty under God's law," Gilbert said to jurors.
The nuns face up to 30 years in prison.