Lucy Lawless faces serious jail time for that Greenpeace protest

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

Remember a few months back when Lucy Lawless and a few environmentalist friends got arrested for climbing onto the tower of a New Zealand drilling ship to protest Arctic oil drilling and wouldn't come down? Well, it's almost punishment time, and the punishment could be hefty for our warrior princess.

Back in February, Lawless and five other protesters climbed the 174-foot drilling tower of the Noble Discoverer, an oil ship docked in New Zealand that was about to head to the Arctic to drill. After four days on the tower, authorities removed and arrested Lawless and her cohorts, and now it's time for her day in court.

This week Lawless pleaded guilty to the charge of trespass on the ship. She was also charged with burglary, but prosecutors seem willing to let her slide on that. Her sentencing isn't due until September, but the trespass charge carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail.

There's probably still a bit of legal maneuvering to do between now and the fall, but depending on how all this turns out we could be seeing very little of Lucy Lawless for quite some time.

(Via Huffington Post)