A federal grand jury has indicted a former National Guardsman living in Burke County on seven counts stemming from the theft of military hardware from Fort Gordon last month.
The indictments were returned Tuesday against Anthony Saxon, 34, of Keysville, Ga., who was arrested after military police found stun grenades, a land mine and a laser sight in his vehicle while on the post last month. Wearing a full combat uniform and claiming to be a master sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division, Saxon had entered the post's military police office and signed out an infrared laser sight. Saxon, however, was never in the Army and did not work on the post as a civilian.
The seven counts issued against him include impersonating a soldier, which could lead to three years' imprisonment. He was also indicted for theft of government property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of an unregistered silencer, possession of an unregistered short-barrel rifle, theft of a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer and possession of explosives by a convicted felon. Each count carries a penalty of up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine.
Shortly after his arrest, his wife said he had told her he was being sent overseas with the Army but authorities still do not know where Saxon was planning to go, or what he was planning to do, during that time. Saxon had traveled to Fort Gordon on at least 10 previous occasions before his arrest.