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Lucy Lawless Faces Three Years In Prison

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Jun. 14 2012, Updated 8:30 a.m. ET

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By Amber Goodhand - Radar News Editor

Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless is fighting the fight for Greenpeace and is now facing three years in prison, RadarOnline.com has learned.

The actress pleaded guilty on Thursday for a February trespassing charge when she and five other environmental activists sat atop a drilling tower in New Zealand for four days in protest against Arctic oil exploration.

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Lucy, 44, is a native New Zealander and will be sentenced in September facing a maximum three years in prison after prosecutors dropped the more serious charge of burglary.

"I had to do what I had to do," Lucy told the New Zealand Herald.

"We want to tell those responsible for deep-sea oil drilling absolutely under no circumstances is this a good idea. They are robbing our children of their birthright to a clean and healthy planet, and they know it."

Lucy is a first-time offender in what was a peaceful protest so many expect she'll escape the three-year jail sentence.

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