Alaska soldier gets 16 years in spy case

Alaska Soldier Espionage
In this undated photo released by the U.S. Army Alaska, Spc. William Colton Millay is shown. An Alaska-based soldier convicted of attempted espionage faces life in prison when he goes before a U.S. Army sentencing panel Monday. The military on Thursday announced Spc. William Colton Millay pleaded guilty March 19. Officials at Joint Base Richardson-Elmendorf in Anchorage say Millay pleaded to attempted espionage, soliciting another to commit espionage, issuing a false statement and communicating national defense information. (AP Photo/U.S. Army Alaska)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska-based military policeman will serve 16 years in prison and will be dishonorably discharged for selling military secrets to a Russian agent, who was an undercover FBI agent.

Spec. William Colton Millay of Owensboro, Ky., was sentenced Monday. A panel of eight military members recommended a 19-year sentence but that was dropped to 16 years because of a pretrial agreement.

Military prosecutors painted Millay as a white supremacist who was fed up with the Army and the United States, and was willing to sell secrets to an enemy agent, even if that would cost his fellow soldiers their lives.

Defense attorneys said Millay is emotionally stunted, was only seeking attention and is a candidate for rehabilitation.

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