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Update: Former sailor sentenced for attempting to spy for Russians

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Posted at 7:23 AM, Dec 02, 2013
and last updated 2014-02-10 16:31:58-05

Update: Former sailor Robert P. Hoffman of Virginia Beach was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in prison for trying to spy for Russians. 

Hoffman was convicted of attempted espionage back in August of 2013.

He served 20 years in the military and retired as a Petty Officer First Class in 2011.

Previous: On Monday, a former Navy sailor convicted of trying to spy for Russians is scheduled to be sentenced.

Robert Hoffman tried to give away secrets on how the United States tracks foreign war ships.

Prosecutors say Hoffman actually handed the information to an undercover FBI agent.

According to court records, Hoffman retired after serving 20 years in the Navy, and he had security clearances that granted him access to classified and national defense information.

Hoffman faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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