June 24, 1997 in Nation/World

Ex-Fbi Agent Gets 27 Years For Spying

Compiled From Wire Services

Former FBI agent Earl Edwin Pitts was sentenced to 27 years in prison Monday by a stern federal judge who called Pitts’ decision to spy for Moscow “the most egregious abuse of trust.”

“There are folks in every veterans hospital and (grave) markers from here to Europe to Asia that you have dishonored. … You did it in part out of simple greed,” U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said before he gave Pitts nearly three more years in prison than prosecutors had requested.

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