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Briton to be sentenced in weapons-to-Iran plot

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JUAN CARLOS LLORCA | January 8, 2013 03:45 PM EST | AP

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EL PASO, Texas — A British businessman who pleaded guilty to trying to buy missile parts and resell them to Iran is expected to learn his punishment.

Christopher Tappin is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge David Briones in El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday.

The 65-year-old pleaded guilty in November in a deal that calls for a 33-month prison sentence. The agreement opens the door for him to serve part of his sentence in Britain near his ailing wife.

Tappin's extradition to the U.S. in February 2012 touched a nerve in Britain, where many believe extradition arrangements with the United States are unfairly weighted against British citizens.

After his extradition, Tappin spent several weeks in a New Mexico jail and was later released on bond. He has since lived in Houston.