Soldier Pleads Guilty To Possessing Stolen Explosives

Tyler Glen Patrick (Jail photo)
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FORT HOOD (April 3, 2014) A Fort Hood soldier pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to stealing explosives from the Army and planning to sell them.

U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., set Tyler Glen Patrick for sentencing on May 28.

Patrick has been free on a $25,000 bond.

Patrick was arrested in December 2013 for what federal prosecutors said was an attempt to sell a stolen 1.25-pound block of C-4 explosive.

Patrick had been in federal custody since his initial hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske on Dec. 19.

Patrick is charged with possession and transportation of stolen explosive material, U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Armando Fernandez said at the time of the initial hearing.

Patrick's attorney, Samuel Martinez, of Waco, filed a motion with the court on Dec. 23 asking that the court to reconsider granting bond.

Patrick and his wife live in Copperas Cove.

The couple has one child and is expecting another.

Patrick was arrested on Dec. 17 in Copperas Cove following an attempt to sell the C-4, which was taken after a field exercise at Fort Hood, authorities said.

The offense carries a possible sentence of as much as 10 years in federal prison and a fine of as much as $250,000.

The FBI and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the case, authorities said.

C-4 is a stable and moldable plastic explosive that usually can be set off only by the combination of extreme heat and a shock wave produced by a detonator.

A 1.25-pound block, which is a standard military issue, could kill several people.