Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Anna Fermanova gets four months in prison for smuggling sniper scopes to Russia
Smuggling sniper scopes to Russia with love earned a Latvian beauty four months in prison on Monday.
Anna Fermanova will also have to serve four months of house arrest after she's sprung under the lenient sentence handed down by Judge Carol Amon in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Fermanova could have faced up to 57 months for trying to sneak through Kennedy Airport with one night-vision weapon sight and two advanced rifle sights hidden in her suitcase.
The scopes can be purchased over the Internet, but a special license is required to take them out of the country.
Fermanova, 25, a Texas beauty-school graduate, told the feds she was taking the high-tech devices to her husband and father-in-law, who is the "target master" at a hunting lodge called "The Moscow Club."
They intended to sell the scopes to hunters for nighttime shoots of bears, wild boars and other large animals, according to court papers.
"Whether she was blinded by love for her [soon-to-be] ex-husband I don't know, but I don't believe she appreciated the magnitude of what she was doing," said defense lawyer Scott Palmer.
Fermanova, wearing a skin-tight, forest-green dress, wept as she admitted her actions were "stupid and foolish."
The judge said some jail time was necessary as a deterrent because smuggled scopes could easily get into the hands of enemies and be used against U.S. troops overseas.
Amon noted that the defendant was no babe in the woods - she knew what she was doing was illegal and had smuggled items twice before she was caught