US SOLDIER SENTENCED TO NEARLY FOUR YEARS IN A RUSSIAN PENAL COLONY

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A U.S. soldier detained in the Russian city of Vladivostok on charges of theft and threats to kill his girlfriend has been found guilty on Wednesday and sentenced to three years and nine months in a Russian penal colony.

ROLL VTR: Gordon Black, a thirty four year-old U.S staff sergeant who was detained on May 2nd in Vladivostok in Russia’s far East, pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of threatening to kill his girlfriend but admitted he was partially guilty of stealing from her.

Black’s defense lawyer will appeal the verdict, which reported the judge handing down the sentence of imprisonment of three years and nine months for both charges.

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