Short prison terms for 2 linked to secret Navy silencer deal

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Posted: Jan 29, 2016 11:53 AM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two men who helped engineer a secret Navy contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers have been sentenced to prison terms of less than a year.

Race-car mechanic Mark Landersman of Temecula, California, who received the no-bid contract, was sentenced to 60 days in prison Friday at federal court in Alexandria. Ex-naval intelligence officer Lee Hall of Sterling, who was convicted of theft of government money for pushing the contract through, received six months.

Prosecutors had sought terms of four to five years.

Trial testimony indicated Landersman was paid $1.7 million for silencers that cost only $10,000 to build. Tests showed that the silencers actually enhanced light and sound when weapons were fired.

The two argued that the silencers were needed for a classified project.