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Specialized Mining Equipment Thief Sentenced to 33 Months in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, PA - A former resident of Beckley, West Virginia, has been sentenced in federal court to 33 months’ imprisonment, three years’ supervised release and ordered to pay approximately $2.9 million in restitution on his conviction for stealing specialized mining equipment, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

Chief United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Eudell Dickerson, following his April 28, 2021, guilty plea to conspiring to transport across state lines specialized mining equipment from the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Kentucky to West Virginia and transporting said equipment from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to West Virginia.

According to information presented to the court, five break-ins and thefts occurred in and around February 2017 through May 2017, at mining sites located in the Indiana and Armstrong counties, in the Western District of Pennsylvania. Dickerson admitted, in conjunction with his guilty plea, that he and other individuals, including his co-defendant David Stanley, stole high-value mining equipment, valued at nearly $3 million, from these sites and sold it to a company in the business of selling new and/or used mining equipment in Beckley, West Virginia. Special agents, the court was informed, located some of the stolen equipment at the reseller’s facility and also identified trucks operated by Dickerson and Stanley as those involved in the thefts. Dickerson also admitted that he, and other individuals, were involved in additional thefts at mining sites in Virginia and Kentucky.

The Court noted that the sentence in this case, 33 months, was sufficient but not greater than necessary to achieve the goals of sentencing and tailored to the defendant’s case. Here, the Court noted the seriousness of Dickerson’s conduct – that it was a considerable theft, executed with specificity for only the high-value mining equipment and the impact that it had on the victim companies and their employees. Judge Hornak urged the defendant, who has a substantial criminal history, including other theft-related crimes, to “decide [you are] done with this way of living” when released from custody.

Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Kaufman commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Dickerson.

Updated August 31, 2021