Ex-Marine Amir Hekmati is spared his life. An Iranian news agency is reporting that an appeals court has overturned a death sentence of an American man convicted of working for the CIA, instead sentencing him to 10 years in prison.
Amir was detained for allegedly spying for the CIA in Iran. On January 9, 2012, he was sentenced to death on account of the charges.
The semiofficial ISNA news agency reported Saturday that lawyer Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei says a Revolutionary Court issued the verdict for former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati. Tabatabaei described the verdict as final.
The Associated Press could not reach Tabatabaei on Saturday.
Iran charged Hekmati with receiving special training and serving at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for his alleged mission.
The 31-year-old Hekmati is a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen born in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1983. His father, a professor at a community college in Flint, Michigan, has said his son is not a CIA spy.
He graduated from Flint Central High School in 2001, where he attended the Junior Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, and joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating, serving from 2001 to 2005.
Hekmati completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, and completed School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, California.
He was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon while deployed as a translator in Iraq, but received no military intelligence training.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.