Chinese National Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Photography of U.S. Naval Installation in Key West, Florida

Miami, FL—A Chinese national was sentenced to prison today for illegal photography of the U.S. Naval Air Station Key West, Joint Interagency Task Force, South (JIATF-South).

Zhao Qianli, 21, of Shanxi, China was sentenced today to the statutory maximum term of 12 months in prison, to be followed by 1 year of supervised release, after previously pleading guilty to one count of photographing defense installations.

According to the court record, in September 2018, Zhao Qianli was apprehended after illegally entering JIATF-South.  At the time of his arrest, Zhao Qianli was observed taking photographs of JIATF-South and associated military hardware.

A search warrant of Zhao Qianli’s cellular telephone and digital camera revealed multiple photographs and video footage of the Key West military installation.