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Iran sentences 2 American men to 8 years in jail

Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer are shown in this undated file photo. The two Americans were jailed July 2009 in Iran, charged with espionage.

August 20, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two U.S. hikers accused of spying and illegally entering Iran have been jailed for eight years by a court in Tehran.

Iran's state TV's website reported that Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal each received three years for illegally entering Iran and five years for spying. It's not clear if that includes time served.

The two men deny the charges, saying they unknowingly crossed into the country while hiking in July 2009.

Their fellow hiker, Sarah Shourd, was released on $500,000 bail last September, and returned to the United States.

Bauer and Fattal have 20 days to appeal the sentence.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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