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Man who impersonated soldier dies in prison

Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 6:08 PM
Last updated 10:13 PM
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A man who pleaded guilty to impersonating a soldier at Fort Gordon in June 2010 died in federal prison Wednesday, according to records.

A funeral home confirmed the death of Anthony Todd Saxon, of Burke County, who was serving more than four years in Coleman, Fla. The prison refused comment.

Authorities said Saxon drove onto Fort Gordon wearing the uniform of an Army combat veteran, signed out an infrared laser sight from the military police office and was arrested carrying a live land mine and other weapons in his pickup, according to Chronicle reports. More weapons were found in the home he was staying at in Burke County.

In January 2011, Saxon pleaded guilty to impersonating a soldier, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of an unregistered silencer and short-barreled rifle. In return, federal prosecutors dropped four other charges.

Saxon was in the Army Nation­al Guard but was discharged in 1995 because of heart problems. At the time of his arrest, Saxon had told friends and family he worked at Fort Gordon as a contractor and was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. The father of three children was unemployed, according to authorities.

A Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman said all prison deaths are investigated and that no details in Saxon’s death will be released until an inquiry is completed.

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Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 09/01/12 - 08:14 pm
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r
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r 09/01/12 - 10:13 pm
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Seems Odd

It really seems odd this took so long to make it to the news paper !!!

KSL
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KSL 09/01/12 - 11:32 pm
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Why r? He was serving his

Why r? He was serving his term in Florida. It was not the kind of news that would be picked up by the AP. Geeze Louise!

KSL
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KSL 09/01/12 - 11:33 pm
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Do you have a special

Do you have a special interest in this story?

KSL
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KSL 09/01/12 - 11:35 pm
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I ask because of your 3

I ask because of your 3 exclamation points. It seems personal.

KSL
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KSL 09/01/12 - 11:54 pm
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I bet you misread it, missing

I bet you misread it, missing the fact that the article states that he died on Wednesday, not in 2010.

If that is the case, it just goes to show why English students used to be taught the punctuation rules they used to be taught. A comma after the year would have cleared up that misunderstanding.

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Riverman1 09/02/12 - 11:34 am
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He was a strange man and it

He was a strange man and it was a strange case. His death appears strange, too. Obviously, he was a mentally ill person.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 09/02/12 - 12:04 pm
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Sad indeed
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This man had 3 children. Whatever his crime, I feel for his family. May God give him peace, and his family guidance, strength, and comfort.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 09/02/12 - 03:46 pm
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I'm just betting it was his heart

The same reason he was discharged from the army back in 1995. Sick people just do not fare well in prison. Mental illness as an added feature makes things even worse.

r
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r 09/02/12 - 10:43 pm
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Not miss reading anything

He made front page news for day after day when this happened. Now he dies in a federal prison in Florida and a funeral home confirms the report. I think by now they would know if his heart was the cause of death. Most people cause of death can be listed with in 24 hours from heart related issues. Not under investigation for 5 days at this point.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 09/02/12 - 11:20 pm
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What if it was his liver??
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What if it was his liver?? How long does that take? An aneurism?

Ruckus
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Ruckus 09/03/12 - 04:02 am
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SMH

This case was strange from day one and no one took the time to find out why he had a stock pile of weapons or his plans for the ones taken from Ft. Gordon. Mental or not he had bigger plans and I'm pretty sure it was'nt to make a career out of impersonating a soilder.

Grandpa Jones
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Grandpa Jones 09/03/12 - 12:24 pm
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Sounds like he was silenced

Sounds like he was silenced before he could do his '60 minutes' interview. J/K.

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allboys2 09/04/12 - 09:48 pm
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Sorry for his death but the truth never was found out.

Sorry to hear about his death. I feel bad that he died but would of liked to hear the truth his actions before he died. This man did a lot more than he was serving time for. He caused a lot of people to loose their jobs by his impersonation. I know he apologized to his family and the US Army but what about what could of happened to the people at Fort Gordon. He had weapons when he was caught. He was planning something. People who are let go from their job do crazy things now a days. I thank God for the civilians who questioned him and stopped him. After all the soldiers that were killed by a crazy military person on another post I can't believe that all that guy was in prison for was 52 months.

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