• December 21, 2014

Fort Hood soldier out on bail

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Posted: Saturday, January 4, 2014 4:30 am

A Fort Hood soldier accused of stealing and trying to sell explosives is out of jail.

Spc. Tyler Glen Patrick, 23, of Copperas Cove, was released from McLennan County Jail on Thursday on a $25,000 bond, according to jail records.

Patrick, assigned to the 3rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, was arrested in December after federal authorities said he attempted to sell a 1.25-pound block of C4 explosive.

According to the complaint against him, Patrick allegedly stole the explosive material during a field exercise at Fort Hood.

Patrick is charged with possession and transportation of stolen explosive material.

If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Manske initially denied bond for Patrick after he waived his right to a detention hearing, according to court records.

Patrick’s attorney, Samuel Martinez, filed a motion Dec. 23 to reconsider bond.

Patrick is married with one child and expecting a second child, according to Martinez’s motion.

He has no previous criminal history.

“If released, the defendant could devise a plan that would show structure and account for his daily activities,” the motion stated.

Patrick’s bond was approved at a hearing Thursday.

As of Friday, no further hearings were scheduled in his case.

An unrelated case against another Fort Hood soldier facing charges involving explosives is also set to move forward later this month.

Spc. Jason Alan Garthwaite Sr., also of Copperas Cove, was arrested in September after investigators found a bag containing pipe bombs and bomb-making materials at his residence.

Garthwaite was deployed to Iraq in 2011. Family members said Garthwaite was suffering from “an increased level of distress in psychological issues” in the months prior to his arrest, according to court documents. Garthwaite pleaded not guilty Oct. 15.

His next hearing is slated for Jan. 23, with a jury trial expected to start in February, according to court documents.

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