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24 Jun, 2008 16:54

U.S. pastor freed after ammo conviction

U.S. pastor freed after ammo conviction

An American pastor has walked free after spending five months in a Russian jail for bringing a box of bullets into the country.

Philip Miles had been sentenced to three years in prison for smuggling hunting ammunition.

On Monday Moscow city court reduced the time to a 10-month suspended sentence.

The pastor took full responsibility for his actions, saying he just didn’t know Russian customs rules.

“It was a last minute decision. I wanted to bring a gift to a pastor and his wife and I couldn’t think of anything. Just as the plane was about to leave I remembered he had bought a new hunting rifle. So I thought I would give him some bullets. So I through them into the suitcase and… I just didn’t think,” Miles said.