Chinese student sentenced to prison for taking photos of US military installation in Florida

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A People’s Republic of China (PRC) foreign national was sentenced to prison today for illegal photography of the U.S. Naval Air Station Key West, Joint Interagency Task Force, South (JIATF-South).

Zhao Qianli, 21, of Shanxi, PRC was sentenced today to the statutory maximum term of 12 months in prison, to be followed by 1 year of supervised release, by Chief U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore, after previously pleading guilty to one count of photographing defense installations (Case No. 18-10035-CR).

According to the court record, in September 2018, Zhao Qianli was apprehended after illegally entering JIATF-South. At the time of his arrest, Zhao Qianli was observed taking photographs of JIATF-South and associated military hardware. A search warrant of Zhao Qianli’s cellular telephone and digital camera revealed multiple photographs and video footage of the Key West military installation.

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