BALTIMORE — Spy John A. Walker was sentenced to two life terms and his sailor son was given a 25-year sentence today for selling military secrets to the Soviets for 17 years in a family-and-friend espionage ring.
The judge said he will strongly recommend no parole for either man.
Walker and his son, Michael, 23, did not look at each other during the proceedings.
"Your motive was pure greed. You were paid handsomely for your traitorous acts," U.S. District Judge Alexander Harvey sternly told John Walker, 49, a former Navy communications expert.
"You, a 20-year Navy man, have betrayed your country," Harvey said. "You do not seem to appreciate the enormity of your grave crime."
Michael Walker's lawyer, Frank Berstein, said the younger man suffered genuine remorse for his part in the spy ring.
The son, Berstein said, "looked to (his father) for love and affection, and this man led him down the road to treason."