British businessman anticipates punishment for weapons conspiracy
POSTED: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 5:26pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 5:28pm
EL PASO — The British businessman who pleaded guilty to trying to buy missile parts and resell them to Iran is expected to learn his punishment.
Christopher Tappin, 66, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the illegal export of defense articles in November last year.
Tappin was involved in a deal that would have shipped batteries from the U.S. to the UK, which later would have been re-directed to Iran.
The deal calls for 33 months in prison, a near $12 thousand fine. Prosecutors have agreed not to oppose his request to be transferred back to the UK.
The sentencing was set to begin at 11 a.m. in federal court Wednesday.