Altus Man to Serve Two Years in Prison for Illegal
Possession of Claymore Mine
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – DALE HOWARD BRUNO, 59, from Altus, Oklahoma, was sentenced by United States District Judge David L. Russell to serve 24 months in federal for illegal possession of a functional Claymore mine, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
According to Court records and proceedings, Bruno was an Army instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and stole a Claymore mine while working at Fort Sill. Following a tip that Bruno had a Claymore mine, law enforcement discovered Bruno to be in possession of a fully functional Claymore mine on October 28, 2011. A Claymore mine is a military weapon containing approximately1.5 pounds of C4 plastic explosive and embedded approximately 700 steel ball bearings. It is engineered as a directional antipersonnel weapon to inflict death or serious bodily injury over a large area.
Bruno pled guilty on September 24, 2012, to unlawful possession of the Claymore mine. At sentencing, Judge Russell ordered that Bruno serve 24 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.
This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Kumiega.