US soldier apologizes in espionage case in Alaska


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska-based soldier who has admitted to attempted espionage on Monday apologized for his actions.

Spc. William Colton Millay of Owensboro, Ky., was the last witness called during the sentencing part of his trial at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.

Millay said his actions had destroyed his life and deeply hurt his family.

An eight-person military panel will decide how long he will serve in prison.

Millay pleaded guilty last month attempted espionage, soliciting another to commit espionage and communicating national defense information.

He acknowledged giving classified information to a FBI undercover agent.

Prosecutors said she posed as an agent for the Russian government. The classified data included information on how to circumvent U.S. devices used to set off roadside bombs.

In exchange for that information, prosecutors said, Millay received $3,000 and a prepaid disposable cellphone

Millay has been in custody since his arrest Oct. 28, 2011.

The sentencing panel is scheduled to receive the case late Monday afternoon.

Millay could be sentenced to life in prison.