Retired US sailor guilty of attempted espionage
A federal jury has convicted Robert Patrick Hoffman II, a retired sailor from Virginia Beach, of trying to pass classified information to "Russian spies." The jury unanimously rejected on Wednesday his defense that he was trying to lure his handlers into a trap. Hoffman, 40, a petty officer first class who retired in 2011, is to be sentenced December 2 in US District Court and faces up to life in prison for the one count of attempted espionage. The FBI opened the investigation in 2012. According to testimony, Hoffman, passed classified information to undercover FBI agents posing as Russian intelligence officers.