U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan gave Butina credit for nine months of time served. The judge ordered her deported as soon as her time is up.
“You have a future ahead of you. I wish you the best luck,” the judge said.
Butina addressed the court and insisted she wasn’t working as a spy, and only wanted to mend Russia-U.S. relations.
“I came here to better my life to get a degree. I wished to mend relations while building my resume,” she said. “It was for these actions and my own ignorance that I’m here.”