Prison and more than $760,000 ordered in RRAD theft

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A man who stole property from Red River Army Depot was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in federal prison and ordered to pay $762,000 in restitution by a federal judge Friday in Texarkana.

Jason Allen Autrey, 36, sold Hawker batteries and Bradley bolt-on armor kit parts he took on an almost daily basis from July 2015 to May 2016 for scrap to Tri-State Iron and Metal in Texarkana, Ark., for a total of $22,954.84. The stolen parts were worth $762,000, court records state. Autrey had access to the parts because of his position as a heavy mobile equipment mechanic inspector in the dynamometer section of the maintenance directorate.

Autrey appeared before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III for sentencing Friday with Texarkana attorney David James at a hearing in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. Although Autrey is believed to have pocketed just a little more than $20,000, he is responsible for reimbursing RRAD for the full value of the stolen equipment, $762,000. Autrey pleaded guilty to theft of government property at a hearing in February.

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Schroeder ordered Autrey to report to officials with the federal Bureau of Prisons by 2 p.m., Sept. 12, to begin serving his 30-month sentence. Once Autrey is released from prison, he will be supervised by federal probation officials for three years. If he commits another crime or violates the terms of his release in other ways, Autrey could serve more time. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Ross prosecuted the case for the government.

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