Submarine spy couple get harsh prison sentences after judge rejects plea deals

In another twist on the case of espionage, the wife of a former Navy nuclear engineer, who acted on her husband’s hunt because he gave military secrets to someone he believed to be an agent of another country, took her husband’s custody. Compared to harsher punishment.

Former schoolteacher Diana Tobe was sentenced to 21 years in prison, while Jonathan Tobey was sentenced to more than 18 years.

U.S. District Judge Gina Groh, who sentenced, unexpectedly rejected The couple’s initial plea deals in August when it found sentencing guidelines by the government and defense teams as inadequate and not reflective of the crime. At the time, the government had sought 17.5 years for Jonathan Tobey and three years for Diana Tobey.

The couple then immediately withdrew their initial guilty pleas and went on trial for January. but couple New guilty pleas entered in September.

Prosecutors alleged that he tried to sell information about nuclear-powered submarines to a foreign government. The New York Times reported that Brazilian officials alerted the FBI after receiving a package from Jonathan Tobey with Navy documents and instructions on how to contact him.

The FBI then pretended to be an agent of another country. In a series of dead drops, Jonathan Tobe passes military secrets to his contacts. According to court filings, in one exchange, he hid a memory card inside a peanut butter sandwich.

The judge said how much damage the former naval engineer caused to the nation is still not clear.

The judge said, “Perhaps Mrs Tobey was driving the bus.” “She was part of the plan.”

Groh did not sympathize with Diana Tobe during the full-hour hearing, which she denounced as an obstructive jailhouse act, in which she tried to pass a letter to her husband while they were both incarcerated, in which He had urged them to follow his laid down plan. and free him from wrongdoings.

“she wanted [her husband] Lying,” said the judge.

The couple have two children – a 16-year-old who lives in Maryland and a 12-year-old who lives in California with the family, a lawyer revealed in court on Wednesday.

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