LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Former Sgt. Clayton J. Lonetree, the only Marine ever convicted of espionage, quietly returned to private life Tuesday after serving eight years in a military prison.
Lonetree, 34, left the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in a closed van. After a stop at the drive-up window of a bank nearby, he got into a car with an unidentified man and was whisked away without responding to reporters' shouted questions.
Lonetree originally got 30 years in prison, reduced eventually to 15 years. Described as a model prisoner, he got additional time off for good behavior.
From his Washington office Monday, defense attorney Lee Calligaro said Lonetree wanted as little publicity as possible.
A woman believed to be Lonetree's mother stood outside the van while he did his banking.
"My son is a victim of Ronald Reagan's Cold War," she said.
Lonetree, of St. Paul, Minn., was a guard at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in the early 1980s when he fell in love with Violetta Sanni, a Soviet woman who worked as a translator in the embassy. She introduced Lonetree to a man she identified as her Uncle Sasha, later revealed to be a Soviet agent.