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Minuteman III Plowshares

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On February 18, Daniel Sicken was sentenced to 41 months and Sachio Ko-Yin to 30 months in federal prison for sabotage, conspiracy and destruction of government property following their Plowshares action on August 6, 1998. Calling themselves the Minuteman III Plowshares, Ko-Yin and Sicken had entered silo N7 in Weld County, Colorado to hammer and pour blood on the launching pad of a Minuteman III nuclear missile.

This was one of 60 Plowshares actions since 1980, inspired by the biblical prophesy hearlding the end of war and the beating of swords into plowshares.

The defendants originally faced between 63 and 97 months for the convictions, but sentencing guidelines were downgraded by Judge Walker Miller on the basis of arguments, some provided by LCNP President Peter Weiss, that the principle of "gradations of offense" applied and that there were reasonable motives for the offense including moral grounds and the International Court of Justice opinion on the illegality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons.








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