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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Former Fort Bliss Soldier Sentenced To Federal Prison For Stealing Military Equipment

In El Paso on Friday, 31-year-old former U.S. Army Sergeant Dexroy Germaine Hamilton was sentenced to six months in federal prison followed by six months home confinement for the illegal importation of International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR) controlled military equipment valued at approximately $30,000 announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent In Charge Dennis Ulrich.

In addition to the prison term, Senior United States District Judge David Briones ordered that Hamilton perform no less than 100 hours of community service and be placed under supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term.

On August 22, 2014, Hamilton pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit theft of government property and one count of smuggling goods into the United States.  By pleading guilty, Hamilton admitted that while on deployment in Afghanistan between July 2013 and March 2014, he conspired with others to steal U.S. military munitions property including optical sights, night vision equipment and infrared lasers, then transport those items to the United States for resale. 

On March 20, 2014, HSI agents executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence in El Paso where they recovered five (5) AN/PVS-14 night vision monocular devices, fifty-two (52) PMAG 5.556 x 42 military magazines, and nineteen (19) M-16 magazines (government owned).

This investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations.  Assistant United States Attorney Greg McDonald prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

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Updated December 15, 2014