US District Judge David Briones recommended that Mr Tappin should be allowed to serve his sentence in the UK but the decision ultimately rests with the US Bureau of Prisons, a spokeswoman for the court added.
He will commence his sentence at the Allenwood prison in Pennsylvania and must turn himself in to start the term by March 8.
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