Fort Gordon suspect will remain in custody

Testimony shows land mine, grenades, ammunition found in truck at Fort Gordon
Anthony Todd Saxon has been moved to a Jefferson County jail.

Anthony Todd Saxon's family was happy to see him get up every morning, dress in an Army uniform and head for his job at Fort Gordon.


After more than two years of disability and unemployment, Saxon was back in the fold of the military, which he adored.

They were shocked to learn last week that it was all a ruse, including Saxon's claims that he was to be deployed overseas last week.

After a hearing in U.S. District Court on Monday, a judge ruled that probable cause existed to believe Saxon committed five criminal offenses and that he should remain in custody pending possible indictment and trial.

More details about Saxon developed in Monday's hearing:

The land mine found in his truck last week was real; he also had knives, night vision devices, a Kevlar-covered helmet, flash grenades and more than 1,800 rounds of ammunition.

Later at the Keysville home where Saxon and his family were living with his brother's family, federal agents found more weaponry -- including a military-style rifle equipped with a silencer that was stolen from a gun dealership in January, testified Ronald Rhodes, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

In January, Saxon started dressing up as a master sergeant and going to Fort Gordon, FBI Special Agent Jason Gustin testified. A week ago, Saxon walked into the post's military police office and signed out an infrared laser sighting device, saying he needed it for training, Gustin testified.

Saxon's parents and his sister traveled from Florida last week to visit him because they believed he was to be deployed Thursday, his father testified Monday.

Saxon always wanted to be in the military "from the day he was born," Hugh Edward Saxon said. His son was crushed when he was discharged from the Army National Guard in 1995 because of a heart condition.

Saxon, who was seriously injured in a car wreck in March 2008, moved his family to Keysville during Thanksgiving week, his father testified. Two or three months ago, he told his family he had a civilian job at Fort Gordon.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge W. Leon Barfield agreed with the prosecutor's argument that what is scariest about Saxon is what is unknown about him. No one, Barfield said in ordering Saxon's detention, can deny that Saxon is a very troubled man.

Before any possible release from custody, Saxon needs to undergo forensic examination "to determine if all the fears we have are justified," Barfield said.

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