A 36-year-old man accused of stealing more than $20,000 worth of equipment from Red River Army Depot near Texarkana pleaded not guilty last week to theft of government property.
Jason Allen Autrey appeared with Texarkana attorney John Stroud for arraignment on a one-count indictment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven in the Texarkana division of the Eastern District of Texas federal court. Autrey’s indictment alleges he stole items such as Hawker batteries and Bradley aluminum armor kits from July 13, 2015 to May 5.
Autrey’s indictment was issued by a federal grand jury May 18 and unsealed Thursday by Craven on an oral motion by Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wulff, who was standing in for Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Locker. The indictment includes a “notice of forfeiture” outlining the government’s intent to seek a judgment of $22,959.84 against Autrey which is meant to represent the proceeds of Autrey’s alleged theft.
Craven released Autrey from custody following Thursday’s hearing. Autrey has until June 28 at 3 p.m. to let the court know if he intends to change his plea as typically occurs when there is a negotiation between the defense and prosecution.
Autrey’s case is scheduled for jury selection July 25 before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III.