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NY appeals court orders new sentencing for Armenian convicted in Soviet missile scam
NEW YORK (AP) ' A federal appeals court in New York has ordered a new sentencing for an Armenian immigrant sent to prison for 22 years for plotting to sell anti-aircraft missiles and other military weapons to an FBI informant.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that a judge incorrectly calculated the factors used to determine the seriousness of the crime carried out by Artur Solomonyan (ART-er SAW-oh-mohn-yihn).
Otherwise, the appeals court upheld the conviction and sentencing of Solomonyan and five others. They were sentenced in 2009 on arms trafficking and conspiracy charges. The only weapons actually delivered were a dozen firearms, including a machine gun.
A lawyer for Solomonyan did not immediately return a phone message for comment.