A retired U.S. Army soldier faces federal charges accusing him of stealing a Humvee from Fort Stewart and plowing into a building at the Georgia base in July, federal prosecutors said.
After stealing the Humvee, the 39-year-old man from Dublin, Georgia, stormed through the front doors of Fort Stewart’s Third Infantry Division Headquarters building on July 10, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia.
A person at the scene held him until Fort Stewart military police arrived and detained him, a criminal complaint filed with the court says.
He is charged with causing more than $1,000 in damages, according to the indictment.
The retired staff sergeant was indicted on charges of damage to government property and theft of government money, property or documents, the law firm announced in an Aug. 9 press release. The charges were filed on Aug. 8, according to court documents.
If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Statesboro-based trial attorney Troy Marsh, who is representing the man, declined a request for comment from the McClatchy News on Aug. 9.
Prosecutors gave no motive for the incident.
However, the indictment states that the act was intentional “based on mode and precision”.
The man has a criminal record with arrests for drunk driving and disorderly conduct, the indictment shows.
He joined the Army in June 2002 and served as a wheeled vehicle mechanic until July 2013, Army spokesman Bryce S. Dubee told McClatchy News in a statement on Aug. 9.
According to Dubee, he was deployed to Iraq during his military service from January 2005 to January 2006 and again from September 2008 to August 2009.
He received several awards during his career, Dubee said.
Dubee declined to comment on the allegations, saying it is “military policy not to discuss matters in pending litigation.”
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