Authorities in Del. discuss arms exports to Iran

An F5 Jet fighter (AP Photo)

January 13, 2011 4:20:57 PM PST
A California man accused of trying to export military equipment to Iran has pleaded guilty in federal court in Delaware.

Thirty-five-year-old Marc Knapp of Simi Valley, Calif. pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to two felony counts involving violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Arms Export Control Act.

He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, although prosecutors have agreed not to ask for no more than 57 months in prison.

Sentencing is set for May 23.

Prosecutors alleged that Knapp, who was arrested in July, illegally exported military equipment to Hungary and tried to make other exports, including an F-5B Tiger II fighter jet, to Iran and Russia.