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Last Camp Minden defendant agrees he owes US $149,000

SHREVEPORT, La. – The last defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy and agreed that he owes the federal government $149,000 in a case in which a massive explosion at a Louisiana National Guard-owned site.

William Terry Wright’s plea agreement is described in the press release Friday from the U. S. attorney’s office in Shreveport. Wright, signed the agreement Thursday before U. S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote.

Wright, 64, vice-president of operations at the Explo Systems, who had an Army contract to “demilitarize” artillery charges.

The police began the investigation after a 2012 explosion that shattered windows 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) away. The company went bankrupt in 2013, bringing thousands of tons of potentially explosive M6 propellant at Camp Minden.

Wright sentencing date was not available Friday in the court’s electronic docket.

Explo co-owner David Alan Smith of Winchester, Kentucky, and three company officials pleaded guilty earlier. Smith, support, technology director Charles Ferris Callihan, program manager, Kenneth Lampkin and inventory control officer Lionel Koons is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 30. Smith’s sentencing date was changed Friday to match the others.

The second co-owner, David Fincher of Burns, Tennessee, died on 2 June.

As vice-president, Wright oversaw the day-to-day demilitarization activities at the Explo and sought buyers for the recovered M6 and smokeless igniter.

He was indicted on one count of conspiracy, 23 the making of false statements, and six of the wire fraud.

The conspiracy count to which he pleaded guilty said he and others caused improper and unsafe storage of M6 and hazardous waste, prevented federal inspections, and falsified forms of alleged buyers.

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