Former Defense Contractor Sentenced for Unlawfully Retaining Classified Information
HOUSTON – A 43-year-old man residing in Sherman has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of unlawfully retaining national defense information, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.
Weldon Marshall pleaded guilty March 5, 2018.
Today, U.S. District Judge George Hanks handed Marshall a 41-month sentence to be immediately followed by a year of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, the court noted how Marshall violated an important trust the military had placed in him.
From the early 2000s, Marshall unlawfully retained classified items while he served in the U.S. Navy and while working for a military contractor.
Marshall served in the U.S. Navy from approximately January 1999 to January 2004, during which time he had access to highly sensitive classified material, including documents describing U.S. nuclear command, control and communications. Those classified documents, including other highly sensitive documents classified at the secret level, were downloaded onto a compact disc labeled “My Secret TACAMO Stuff.” He later unlawfully stored the compact disc in a house he owned in Liverpool.
After he left the Navy, until his arrest in January 2017, Marshall worked for various companies that had contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense. While employed with these companies, Marshall provided information technology services on military bases in Afghanistan where he also had access to classified material. During his employment overseas, and particularly while he was located in Afghanistan, Marshall shipped hard drives to his Liverpool, Texas, home. The hard drives contained documents and writings classified at the secret level about flight and ground operations in Afghanistan.
Marshall has held a top secret security clearance since approximately 2003 and a secret security clearance since approximately 2002.
Previously released on bond, Marshall was taken into custody following the sentencing today where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Army’s 902d Military Intelligence Group and the FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSA) Alamdar Hamdani and former AUSA Andrew Leuchtmann prosecuted the case along with Trial Attorney Matthew Walczewski of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.