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Bowie County Man Sentenced for Theft from Red River Army Depot

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas

TEXARKANA, Texas – A 37-year-old Maud, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston.


Jason Allen Autrey pleaded guilty on Feb. 9, 2017, to theft of government property and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison on July 14, 2017 by U.S. District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III. Autrey was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $762,000.


According to information presented in court, between July 2015 and May 2016, Autrey stole and converted to his own use, numerous vehicle parts consisting of Hawker batteries and Bradley Bolt-On Armor Kit parts from the Red River Army Depot located in Hooks, Texas. Autrey had access to the parts as he was employed as a heavy equipment mechanic inspector in the Dynamometer Section of the Maintenance Directorate at the Red River Army Depot. Once Autrey removed the items from the Depot, he took them to Tri-State Iron and Metal in Texarkana, Arkansas to sell them for their scrap value. The total value of the items stolen was at least $762,000. The total sum of cash he received from Tri-State Iron and Metal was $22,959.84. Autrey agreed to a money judgment in the amount of $22,959.84 against him, as well as an order of restitution for the total amount of losses caused by his criminal conduct. Autrey was indicted by a federal grand on June 15, 2016.


This case was investigated by the United States Army and Red River Army Depot, Criminal Investigators and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan D. Ross and Ryan Locker.


Updated July 18, 2017