Maj. Seivirak Inson sentenced to 10 years in prison
Attorney says mistakes, misunderstandings led to charges
Friday night, a military jury found former Pacific Command officer Maj. Seivirak Inson guilty of espionage for passing classified intelligence assessments about Cambodia to people who were not entitled to receive them between 2009 and 2012.
The jury also convicted Inson of failing to report foreign contacts, forgery relating to a USAA Federal Savings Card Amendment and adultery.
The soldier was acquitted of assault on his wife and conduct unbecoming by compiling information about U.S. service members of Cambodian descent with the intent to transmit that information to Cambodian military and government officials.
Friday night, KITV was the first to speak with his attorney, who said his client is trying to cope with the reality of years behind bars.
“His sister said it best during her testimony. He's a man who made mistakes. He's a man who had some bad judgement, but like she said, in her heart she knows he's a good man,” said attorney Noel Tipon.
He said what his client is truly guilty of is hard work: taking classified information, not to share secrets, but to work at home, learn his assigned country, Cambodia, and network with Cambodian military for the same reason.
“He apologized to his wife, his command, his daughter, and he certainly regrets the decision he made and his behavior,” said Tipon.
Inson has already spent nearly a year behind bars awaiting a court martial.
Friday night, a seven-member jury sided with the military, which believes Inson had been sharing military secrets and strategies with people in his native country.
“He's a survivor. He's going to survive what happened to him. He has a positive mental attitude and he will survive,” said Tipon.
Maj. Seivirak Inson was being tried in military court at Wheeler Army Air Field on Oahu. Friday was the fourth day of his court martial.
Inson was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Army prosecutors say Inson had in his possession a U.S. Pacific Command maritime strategy document and other military intelligence documents that he wasn't authorized to have.
Inson was assigned to the U.S. Pacific Command at the time of the alleged crimes. He's currently with the 8th Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Shafter.
Late Friday night, Inson was back behind bars at Fort DeRussy in Honolulu where he has been for the past year.
His attorney said he will likely be moved to the mainland to serve out his prison term.
There is no parole or probation in military sentences, but he could get out early for good behavior.
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