The government asked Judge Jeremy Fogel to send a message Wednesday on the seriousness of economic espionage, and Fogel obliged.

Xiaodong Sheldon Meng, 44, was hit with a 24-month sentence, the maximum under a plea deal in which he admitted possessing night vision software for pilots, material that belonged to Quantum3D, a San Jose, Calif., company. He then used that software to benefit the Chinese government. Meng also admitted breaking American arms export-control laws.

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