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Ex-Los Alamos scientist gets 5 years in nuke spy sting

1 year 11 months 3 weeks ago January 28, 2015 Jan 28, 2015 Wednesday, January 28 2015 January 28, 2015 12:38 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Russell Contreras

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon has been sentenced to five years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni was sentenced Wednesday before a U.S. district judge in Albuquerque following a case that began in 2010.

Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, pleaded guilty in 2013 to offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of the socialist South American country.

Pedro Mascheroni, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, had faced up to 5 1/2 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release.

His wife received a year and a day in prison for conspiring with her husband to sell nuclear secrets.

The U.S. government is not alleging Venezuela sought U.S. secrets.

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