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Court vacates sentence of Filipino in spy case

Court vacates sentence of Filipino in spy case

A federal appeals court on Friday vacated the sentence of a former Philippine National Police officer imprisoned for possessing secret U.S. documents.
Michael Ray Aquino is serving a six-year, four-month sentence after pleading guilty to unauthorized possession of classified documents.
The new ruling in U.S. District Court concluded that the sentence was based on a mistaken interpretation of federal guidelines.
The new sentencing range will be 36 to 46 months, said Aquino's attorney, Mark Berman. Aquino has been in prison since September 2005 and could be freed if he is sentenced to time served, Berman said.
Aquino acknowledged accepting the documents from a former Marine who once worked as an aide to Vice Presidents Al Gore and Dick Cheney. The Marine, Leandro Aragoncillo, later became an FBI intelligence analyst at Fort Monmouth.
Aragoncillo is serving a 10-year sentence after admitting he passed the documents in an effort to topple the Philippine government.