FORT HOOD (June 26, 2014) A Fort Hood soldier was sentenced to federal prison Wednesday after he earlier pleaded guilty to stealing explosives from the U.S. Army.
U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., ordered Tyler Glen Patrick to serve 10 months in custody, to be followed by 3 years on supervised release, pay a $1,000 fine and $100 in special assessment to the court.
Patrick pleaded guilty April 3 to stealing a 1.25-pound block of C-4 explosives from the Army and planning to sell them.
Patrick and his wife live in Copperas Cove.
The couple has one child and was 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 investigated 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.