Two Americans accused of helping former Nissan president Carlos Ghosn flee from Japan while he was out on bail awaiting trial were found guilty on Monday and sentenced to prison.

The Tokyo District Court sentenced Michael Taylor, a 60-year-old former Green Beret, to two years in prison and his son Peter, 28, to one year and eight months, local news agency Kyodo reported.

The two defendants had pleaded guilty and apologized for their role in the escape of the auto industry mogul and their defense lawyers had requested suspended sentences.