US soldier being sentenced in espionage case

Tools

Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska-based soldier who has admitted to attempted espionage says he's sorry for his actions.
   
Spc. William Colton Millay of Owensboro, Ky., faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty in March to attempted espionage, soliciting another to commit espionage and communicating national defense information.
   
Colton was the last witness called Monday during the sentencing part of his trial Monday at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.
   
Prosecutors say he gave classified information to a female FBI undercover agent who posed as an agent for the Russian government
   
The classified data included information on how to circumvent U.S. devices used to set off roadside bombs.
   
Prosecutors say that in exchange, Millay received $3,000 and a prepaid disposable cellphone.
   
The panel is to receive the case for sentencing deliberations late Monday.

Earlier story:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A sentencing hearing for a U.S. soldier who pleaded guilty to attempting to sell military secrets to a Russian spy has begun at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.
   
Spc. William Colton Millay faces life in prison after pleading guilty in March to charges including attempted espionage, soliciting another to commit espionage and communicating national defense information.
   
The Army says the 24-year-old military policeman had access to classified information that he believed could hurt the U.S. and provided it to an undercover FBI agent who was posing as Russian intelligence.
   
An eight-member panel is debating Millay's sentence Monday.
   
Authorities say the Kentucky native also was motivated by his disgust with the government and military.
   
Officials say there is no connection between Millay and Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of disclosing information to WikiLeaks.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

Advertisement