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JBER Soldier To Be Sentenced in Attempted Espionage Plea

April 11, 2013|By Chris Klint | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Joint Base Elmendord-Richardson officials say a sentencing hearing will be held Monday for a military policeman who has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted espionage.

According to a JBER statement Thursday, Army Spc. William Colton Millay, 24, entered guilty pleas March 19 to attempted espionage, failing to obey regulations, issuing a false statement, soliciting another to commit espionage, and communicating national defense information.

Millay, of Owensboro, Ky., was assigned to the 164th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 2nd Engineer Brigade. He joined the Army in November 2007, serving in Korea and at Fort Stewart, Ga. before being assigned to JBER in May 2011. Millay served one combat tour of duty in Iraq, from December 2009 to July 2010.

The case against Millay broke in late 2011, when Army officials claimed he had “communicated and transmitted unclassified national defense information to an individual whom he believed was a foreign intelligence agent, with the intent to aid a foreign nation.”

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Millay was arrested Oct. 28, 2011 on JBER by Army counterintelligence special agents, as well as the Army's Criminal Investigation Command. His attorney at the time, Steve Karns of Dallas, said Millay told him he was innocent.

After being initially held at the Anchorage Jail, Millay was transferred to the Army's nearest regional confinement facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. He has been held there since.

The Army has said that the case is unrelated to Spc. Bradley Manning’s alleged transfer of military data on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to the website Wikileaks, noting that no computer networks were breached and that Millay never transmitted any information.

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