Eudell Dickerson, 46, of Beckley has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to five thefts of specialized mining equipment that took place in Indiana and Armstrong counties in Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the western district of the state.
As part of the guilty plea, the court was told that five break-ins and thefts occurred between February 2017 and May 2017, at mining sites in Indiana and Armstrong counties.
Dickerson admitted, together with his guilty plea, that he and others, including his co-defendant David Stanley, stole valuable mining equipment, valued at over 2.5, according to the District Attorney’s Office. million dollars, on those sites and sold it to a new and / or used mining equipment sales company in Beckley. Special agents, the court was told, located some of the stolen material at the dealer’s premises and also identified the trucks operated by Dickerson and Stanley as being involved in the thefts.
Dickerson also admitted that he and others were involved in other thefts from mining sites in Virginia and Kentucky.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 25.
The law provides for a total sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $ 250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has investigated this matter.