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Soldier who tried to sell explosives to be sentenced next month

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:33 pm

A Fort Hood soldier will be sentenced next month for stealing explosives from the installation and trying to sell them.

Spc. Tyler Glen Patrick, 23, of Copperas Cove, pleaded guilty April 3 in federal court to a charge of possession and transportation of stolen explosive material.

According to federal investigators, Patrick attempted to sell a 1¼-pound block of C-4 explosive, which he stole following a field exercise at Fort Hood.

Patrick was arrested by federal authorities in Copperas Cove on Dec. 17. According to Fort Hood officials, Patrick was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

Judge Walter S. Smith scheduled a May 28 sentencing hearing for Patrick, according to court records. Patrick could face up to 10 years in prison.

Patrick’s plea was entered after another Fort Hood soldier received jail time on federal explosives charges.

Spc. Jason Alan Garthwaite Sr., also of Cove, was sentenced March 20 to 2½ years in jail and three years of probation. Garthwaite was arrested in September after investigators found a bag containing pipe bombs, as well as bomb-making materials at his residence.

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