Judge orders psychiatric exam for fake soldier

Anthony Saxon

The Keysville man arrested for impersonating a U.S. Army soldier on Fort Gordon and stealing military equipment has been ordered to undergo psychiatric testing.

In an order signed last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Leon Barfield ordered tests to determine 34-year-old Anthony Todd Saxon's sanity after evidence suggests there is "reasonable cause to believe that defendant may be suffering from a mental disease" that could prevent Saxon from assisting his attorney with the case.

Saxon's attorney, Danny Durham, had no objections to the tests and joined in the motion.

Authorities on Fort Gordon arrested Saxon on June 15 after military police found stun grenades, a land mine and a laser sight in his car. A tipster recognized the vehicle from a theft of military equipment in April, which led to officers searching his car.

Saxon's wife said she was stunned after his arrest, saying she believed her husband worked on post and was about to be deployed overseas.

According to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court, Saxon told interviewers he never served in the Army but was a member of the Army National Guard from 1993 to 1995. He was discharged due to health problems, Saxon told the FBI.

 

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

 

 

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