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August 08, 1995| Times Staff and Wire Reports

Teledyne Salesman Sentenced to Prison: Edward A. Johnson, the only Teledyne employee convicted in the defense contractor's sale of the metal zirconium to Chilean arms maker Carlos Cardoen in the 1980s, was sentenced to nearly 3 1/2 years in prison. Johnson showed no emotion as U.S. District Judge Shelby Highsmith in Miami read the sentence. Johnson, who worked at Teledyne's Wah Chang Albany unit in Albany, Ore., was convicted for participating in a scheme to illegally export the zirconium, a key ingredient in cluster bombs that were eventually sold to Iraq. Los Angeles-based Teledyne pleaded guilty in January to the illegal exports, and paid $13 million in fines and penalties to settle zirconium-related cases brought in Miami and Washington.

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