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.