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Ex-US Navy Man Sentenced for Keeping Classified National Defense Information

Marshall pleaded guilty March 5 as part of a deal in which he admitted taking top secret documents when he left the Navy in 2004

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    Ex-US Navy Man Sentenced for Keeping Classified National Defense Information
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    The U.S. Navy logo, pictured at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany, Aug. 10, 2007.

    What to Know

    • Weldon Marshall pleaded guilty as part of a deal in which he admitted taking top secret documents when he left the Navy in 2004.

    • Marshall's rank and how he used the documents were not revealed.

    • According to the Justice Department, he was sentenced Wednesday to 41 months in prison.

    A former member of the U.S. Navy has been sentenced to prison for illegally keeping classified national defense information, including that of some U.S. nuclear operations.

    The Justice Department says 43-year-old Weldon Marshall of Sherman, Texas, was sentenced Wednesday to 41 months in prison.

    Marshall pleaded guilty March 5 as part of a deal in which he admitted taking top secret documents when he left the Navy in 2004. He also admitted taking secret documents about U.S. operations in Afghanistan while he worked as a defense contractor for various companies.

    Marshall's rank and how he used the documents were not revealed. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alamdar Hamdani and defense attorney Mark Diaz declined further comment.

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