An alleged spy accused of trying to infiltrate American organizations including the NRA might be on her way back to Russia soon. Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist who was arrested in July and is currently being held in solitary confinement at a federal facility in Alexandria, Va., has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors, NPR reports. She has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to act as a Russian agent on American soil without registering with authorities—and to testify in front of a grand jury if federal prosecutors ask her to. More:
- The sentence. Butina faces a maximum of five years in prison on the conspiracy charges, though she is expected to serve much less under the deal, which still has to be approved by a judge. Her lawyers are asking for a maximum of six months, CBS News reports. The charge is a felony, so the 30-year-old will likely be deported when she is freed.