WHITE DEER, Pa., Aug. 19 -- Former CIA agent Aldrich Ames, convicted of spying for the Russians, is serving his life sentence at a federal prison in central Pennsylvania, authorities said Friday. Dan Dunn, a spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons, said Ames was transferred Aug. 11 from a jail in Alexandria, Va. to the high-security Allenwood Penitentiary in White Deer, Pa.
The prison opened Feb. 1 and is the nation's newest federal penitentiary. It overlooks a public golf course, but Dunn said Ames and his fellow 865 inmates are not permitted to use the course. Ames served with the CIA for 31 years, much of that time as a counterintelligence agent. He was arrested Feb. 21 along with his wife, Rosario, and charged with selling government secrets to Russia. Ames and his wife pleaded guilty to espionage and tax evasion charges April 29. Sentencing for Rosario Ames is set for Aug. 26.