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Judge orders 3-year sentence in GM theft case

FILE - This combinatiJuly 22 2010 file photos provided by U.S. Marshals Service shows Yu Qleft his wife Shanshan Du.

FILE - This combination of July 22, 2010 file photos provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Yu Qin, left, and his wife, Shanshan Du. The former General Motors engineer and her husband face up to 10 years in prison for stealing hybrid trade secrets from the big automaker. Sentencing is scheduled Tuesday, April 30, 2013 in federal court. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service, File)

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DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit federal judge has ordered a three-year prison sentence for the husband of a former General Motors engineer who was convicted of stealing hybrid technology from the automaker.

It’s a major break for Yu Qin. He was facing a minimum sentence of 6½ years under sentencing guidelines. Those guidelines aren’t mandatory.

Qin and his wife, Shanshan Du, were convicted last fall of conspiracy and possessing trade secrets without approval. The U.S. government says they were trying to strike a deal with a competitor in China before the FBI intervened.

Qin says he’s ashamed of his conduct.

Du will be sentenced Wednesday by Judge Marianne Battani. Du copied GM documents before leaving the company in 2005.

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