Google’s former self-driving engineer has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison for stealing company secrets.

BEIJING 5 (Xinhua) — A U.S. court on Tuesday sentenced Anthony Levandowski, a former Google engineer, to a year and a half in prison for stealing trade secrets related to Google’s self-driving cars in 2016 and joining Uber’s self-driving division a few months later.

Google's former self-driving engineer has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison for stealing company secrets.

U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said Tuesday that Lewandowski will begin serving his sentence after the new crown outbreak subsides.

Lewandowski pleaded guilty in March to stealing trade secrets from Google. His conviction is one of the highest profile sieves in Silicon Valley.