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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Sailor Sentenced

NORFOLK, Virginia () -- A sailor was sentenced to 27 years in prison Monday for attempting to sell U.S. Navy secrets to Russia, a military spokesman said.


Kurt Lessenthien, 30, a machinist's mate first class, had pleaded guilty in September to attempted espionage and failure to properly safeguard classified material.


A military panel sentenced him to life in prison, but under a pre-trial agreement his term was limited to 27 years, a statement from the Navy said.


Lessenthien allegedly sold classified material on the Navy's submarine program in April, but the buyer was an undercover FBI agent. None of the secret material reached foreign hands, investigators said.