Man Pleads Guilty in Iran Shipment Case
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ The final defendant in a failed plot to ship 400,000 chemical warfare protection suits from the United States to Iran has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of hindering authorities.
William Cherry, 49, of Hempstead, N.Y., entered his plea Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Warren Eginton to a charge of knowingly and willfully hindering and preventing the arrest of the ring’s mastermind.
Cherry, one of four people arrested last fall, had been charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and exporting restricted items without a State Department license. Under a plea bargain, those charges will be dropped if the agreement is approved by Eginton at Cherry’s Sept. 13 sentencing.
The admitted ringleader of the plan, Swiss native Rene Schuler, was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $1,000, while another defendant, John Reed, 48, of Las Vegas, was sentenced to two years in prison. Charges against a fourth man were dropped.