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TEXARKANA, Texas — A former Red River Army Depot mechanic pleaded guilty in federal court this week to stealing tools and equipment from his workplace.

Frederick Eugene Morgan, 54, appeared Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge with Longview, Texas, lawyer Charles Van Cleef for an initial appearance on a felony information charging him with theft of government property in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. Morgan entered a guilty plea and has agreed to pay $6,968.76 in restitution to the government.

According to a factual basis document filed Wednesday in the case, Morgan's thefts began in 2015 and ended in 2018. Morgan allegedly pawned electric drills, welding equipment and other items during that time period.

Morgan faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a fine up to $250,000, or both at sentencing. The case will be scheduled for a sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III once the court has received a presentence investigation report including a recommendation for punishment under federal sentencing guidelines.

Craven released Morgan on an unsecured $5,000 appearance bond.

llarowe@texarkanagazette.com

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