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October 13, 2011

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


MAN SENTENCED TO 46 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR ATTEMPTING TO UNLAWFULLY SHIP BODY ARMOR TO BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Jerome Stuart Pendzich, 34, of Hampton, Tenn., was sentenced on October 12, 2011, to serve 46 months in federal prison, by U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips, for violating the Arms Export Control Act. Pendzich was convicted of attempting to ship export controlled "small arms protective inserts" for bulletproof vests to Bogota, Colombia. These items constitute defense articles under the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic In Arms Regulations which prohibit their export. Pendzich pleaded guilty to this offense on January 13, 2011.

This case was investigated by agents from U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Theodore.

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