U.S. Pastor Given 3 Years in Prison for Bringing Rifle Shells Into Russia
Monday, April 21, 2008
MOSCOW — A Moscow court on Monday sentenced a U.S. pastor to more than three years in prison for bringing hunting ammunition into Russia.
Philip Miles, from South Carolina, has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 3. He was arrested several days after customs agents at a Moscow airport found a box of rifle shells in his luggage.
The court sentenced him to serve three years and two months in prison, with the sentence calculated from his detention date.
Miles has said he brought the ammunition for a friend and did not know bringing such ammunition into Russia was illegal.
Miles, dressed in a dark jacket and clerical collar, reacted calmly when the sentence was pronounced.
"I'm very disappointed. It's a strange sentence for one box of hunting bullets," he said.