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Russia sentences Michigan native to 16 years in prison

Paul Whelan was arrested by Russia's domestic security service, Moscow, Russia. He is accused...
Paul Whelan was arrested by Russia's domestic security service, Moscow, Russia. He is accused of conducting "spying activity"., Photo Date: Undated / Photo: Courtesy of the Whelan Family / (MGN)
Published: Jun. 15, 2020 at 5:11 AM EDT
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(6/15/20) - Russia has sentenced a Michigan man to 16 years in prison on spying charges.

Paul Whelan was first taken into custody in December 2018 while attending a wedding in Moscow.

The former Marine from Novi has maintained his innocence as his family rallied for his release.

The U.S. Embassy has said there was no evidence of a crime.