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Christopher Tappin will be sentenced on 9th of January. In addition to the prison term of 33 months Tappin's plea deal includes a fine of $11,357.14 - the projected profit he stood to gain if his illegal activity had been brought to fruition.
He was originally thought to have faced up to 35 years in jail if found guilty.
His wife Elaine, 62, said ahead of today's hearing that "however upsetting" a plea deal was, it marked the beginning of his "swift and safe return" to the UK.
Christopher Tappin, 66, of Orpington, Kent, had pleaded not guilty but changed his plea at a hearing in El Paso, Texas, after an agreement with US prosecutors.
His guilty plea, to one count of the indictment, calls for a 33-month sentence which prosecutors have said they will not oppose him serving back in the UK.
British businessman Christopher Tappin has pleaded guilty to selling surface-to-air missile parts to Iran, at a court hearing in El Paso, Texas.
Christopher Tappin's solicitor said his decision to enter into a plea agreement "should come as no surprise".
A statement said:
In a statement the family of Christopher Tappin has confirmed the 65-year-old will attend court in Texas on November 1 when the "US Department of Justice will inform the judge of the basis of a plea bargain agreed by Mr Tappin."
The family statement continues: "Should the Judge accept the terms, there is likely to be a period of several weeks for pre-sentencing assessment before Mr Tappin is recalled to Court to hear the Judge’s sentencing."
A plea deal between extradited Briton Christopher Tappin and US prosecutors is the beginning of his "swift and safe return" to the UK, his wife Elaine has said.
British businessman Christopher Tappin who was extradited to America charged with selling weapons parts to Iran is set to appear at a Texan court to enter a plea on November 1.
Earlier reports suggested the 65-year-old has reached a deal with prosecutors.
It's reported that a retired British businessman who was extradited to America charged with selling weapons parts to Iran will change his plea to guilty. BBC News says 65-year-old Christopher Tappin has reached a deal with prosecutors.
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British businessman Christopher Tappin has pleaded guilty to selling surface-to-air missile parts to Iran, at a court hearing in the USA.
A retired British businessman who was extradited to the US in February to face arms dealing charges has been released on bail.