Developing: Man sentenced to 30 years in attempted espionage case

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Posted on February 10, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 6:29 PM

2/10 UPDATE: Robert Hoffman was sentenced Monday afternoon to 30 years in prison after being convicted of attempting to provide classified information to individuals who he believed to be representatives of the Russian Federation.

“Hoffman attempted to spy on behalf of the Russian Federation and betrayed the trust this country placed in him.  He was willing to place American lives at risk for personal gain,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Boente.  “Today’s sentence should serve as a clear warning to others who would willingly compromise our nation’s most sensitive classified information.”

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NORFOLK - A former Navy sailor accused of attempted espionage has been ordered to be held without bond until his Dec. 19 arraignment.

A detention hearing for 39-year-old Robert Patrick Hoffman II was held at 3:00 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Norfolk Tuesday.

The judge ruled that because of the nature of the charges Hoffman poses a clear and present danger to the community and will not be allowed to go free.

Hoffman, who lives in Va. Beach, allegedly tried to deliver classified documents on the tracking of US submarines in October 2011 to someone he believed was a representative of the Russian Federation. That person was an FBI agent, authorities stated.

Hoffman was in the Navy for 20 years and retired in November 2011.

Hoffman is being defended by James Broccoletti and Keith Kimball, federal officials said.

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