DETROIT (AP) -- A former General Motors engineer convicted of stealing thousands of pages of hybrid technology was sentenced Wednesday to just a year and a day in prison, far below the punishment sought by the government in a case that involved her husband and an alleged scheme to take the trade secrets to China.
Shanshan Du's right arm and right leg shook as she tearfully expressed remorse. U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani said economic espionage is a serious crime, but she also noted Du's health problems and the seven years from FBI raid to trial and sentence.
"I don't think the public needs to be protected from you, but it needs to be protected from others like you," the judge told Du.
Federal guidelines called for a minimum sentence of 6
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