Man accused of re-selling stolen Army equipment pleads not guilt - WSMV Channel 4

Man accused of re-selling stolen Army equipment pleads not guilty

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Artist's sketch of Cory Wilson in court. (Courtesy: Mike Sowers) Artist's sketch of Cory Wilson in court. (Courtesy: Mike Sowers)
Cory Wilson posted videos to YouTube in which he explained how his operation works. (WSMV) Cory Wilson posted videos to YouTube in which he explained how his operation works. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

One of the eight co-defendants charged with stealing or reselling stolen military property appeared in court on Friday.

Cory Wilson is one of two civilians who federal prosecutors said re-sold sensitive items that were stolen from Fort Campbell.

Wilson is free on his own recognizance after appearing before a federal magistrate in handcuffs. He is accused of re-selling more than $300,000 worth of items that were allegedly stolen by six Fort Campbell soldiers.

In videos posted to YouTube, Wilson explained how the operation worked.

“I’m dealing with a lot of military gear. Being here in a military town, it’s everywhere. Pretty hot on eBay now. Started messing with things that go bang,” he said in one video.

Wilson pleaded not guilty and was appointed a public defender. He faces up to 185 years in prison and a fine of $1.75 million.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the equipment stolen from Fort Campbell and sold online is dangerous in the wrong hands.

“You can imagine what damage can be done when a single trigger pull can discharge multiple rounds,” said U.S. Attorney David Rivera.

Prosecutors said more than $1 million worth of equipment was stolen from the base and sold on sites like eBay by Wilson and John Roberts, two Clarksville civilians.

“The indictment also alleges that two of the defendants in this case sold more than 1,600 items that included restricted Army equipment and weapons components, body armor, and sensitive communication equipment to buyers located within the United States and in foreign countries,” Rivera said.

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