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PITTSBURGH - Two Allegheny County residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of damaging railroad signals and equipment, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The two-count indictment, returned on April 3 and unsealed yesterday, named William Curry Brown, 24, of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, and Brandon Edward Peck, 24, of Glassport, Pennsylvania.
According to the indictment, Brown and Peck damaged and impaired signal cables by severing them and further damaged and impaired bond strand wire connectors that were connected to the rail line. The indictment also alleges that Brown removed and detached railroad antennas and otherwise impaired the operation of a railroad signal system, including a train control system that engaged in interstate commerce. Peck is charged with aiding and abetting Mr. Brown.
For each count, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Soo C. Song is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, CSX Police Department and Amtrak conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.