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USA: Russian pleads guilty to two cybercrime counts in Alexandria court

United States, Alexandria, VA
March 12, 2018 at 00:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian national Yuri Martyshev pleaded guilty to two of four counts cybercrime indictment in the US Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria on Monday.

According to his defence lawyer Alexei Tarasov, Martyshev is facing five and ten years of imprisonment on two charges of "conspiracy to commit computer intrusions as well as with aiding and abetting computer intrusions."

Tarasov noted that that in exchange for a plea the prosecutors dropped the most serious count of the indictment, the wire fraud offense, which carries a potential sentence of 30 years. Tarasov argued that the plea deal was "an advantageous development" for Martyshev.

The sentencing hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 6. The judge may potentially decide whether to give the defendant consecutive and concurrent sentences. In case of concurrent sentencing, the Martyshev may be incarcerated for ten years as opposed to an accumulative fifteen years of imprisonment.

Last July, Martyshev, who was extradited to the US from Latvia, was charged with four counts of cybercrime, including hacking computers with a view to causing damage, aiding computer intrusions and committing wire fraud. Russian officials have claimed that Martyshev's arrest violated the bilateral accord between Russia and the US on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

Martyshev has reportedly been transferred to Northern Neck Regional jail, located near Richmond.

USA: Russian pleads guilty to two cybercrime counts in Alexandria court02:27
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Russian national Yuri Martyshev pleaded guilty to two of four counts cybercrime indictment in the US Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria on Monday.

According to his defence lawyer Alexei Tarasov, Martyshev is facing five and ten years of imprisonment on two charges of "conspiracy to commit computer intrusions as well as with aiding and abetting computer intrusions."

Tarasov noted that that in exchange for a plea the prosecutors dropped the most serious count of the indictment, the wire fraud offense, which carries a potential sentence of 30 years. Tarasov argued that the plea deal was "an advantageous development" for Martyshev.

The sentencing hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 6. The judge may potentially decide whether to give the defendant consecutive and concurrent sentences. In case of concurrent sentencing, the Martyshev may be incarcerated for ten years as opposed to an accumulative fifteen years of imprisonment.

Last July, Martyshev, who was extradited to the US from Latvia, was charged with four counts of cybercrime, including hacking computers with a view to causing damage, aiding computer intrusions and committing wire fraud. Russian officials have claimed that Martyshev's arrest violated the bilateral accord between Russia and the US on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

Martyshev has reportedly been transferred to Northern Neck Regional jail, located near Richmond.

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