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Judge orders psychiatric exam for fake soldier

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 5:34 AM
Last updated Thursday, July 1, 2010 7:42 PM
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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.

Anthony Saxon  Richmond County jail photo
Richmond County jail photo
Anthony Saxon

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.

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justus4 06/29/10 - 07:10 am
Told ya... this development

Told ya... this development was easily predicted based on the absence of serious felony charges and another important factor that can't be stated. His acts will be deemed "not threatening" and he may be given the opportunity to "play soldier" in some upcoming local military-style reenactment production. It's a win-win for this guy and besides, "those land mines were fake and nobody got hurt" will be the excuses. Unbelievable!! This glaring example of security breaches, and the manner it is being handled, and the individual/individuals responsible @ G2/ S2 appear to be not the most capable. And the punishment for this guy appears to be extremely light given the dangerous possibilities involved with his actions. How can anyone believe that security is serious business when this case was handled with such kid gloves?

corgimom 06/29/10 - 07:49 am
"And the punishment for this

"And the punishment for this guy appears to be extremely light given the dangerous possibilities involved with his actions. "

Well, considering he hasn't gone to trial yet, I'm wondering what punishment you think would be appropriate, Justus. Or do you think that people should be punished before they are tried in a court of law?

curly123053 06/29/10 - 08:02 am
All the evidence has not been

All the evidence has not been publicized yet, and it shouldn't be until the trial. Don't understand where justus gets his reasoning from.

paulbaughman28 06/29/10 - 04:20 pm
Well if you have EVER been on

Well if you have EVER been on Gordon before then you would know that if it was ran by a bunch of 3rd graders it would be a giant improvement. From the report that I heard, the pyrotechnics that were found in his vehicle were very real and the intent is to max this guy under law....BUT THE QUESTION REMAINS.... why the heck did they just allow this guy to sign out laser sighting devices and all that?

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