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North Dakota man sentenced for Kandahar Airfield wire theft

FARGO, N. D. – A North Dakota man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for his role in the theft of copper wire of Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Benjamin Guidry was sentenced Monday after his conviction for theft of government property.

In February 2013, Guidry was working for a local Afghan company. The government says that the evidence at trial showed he requested two civilian contractors on Kandahar Airfield to obtaining in various materials for him in return for money.

The contractors reported to the defendant U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command, which set up a sting operation. Evidence study showed Guidry offered one of the contractors of $4,000 for help in stealing reels of copper worth about $54,000.

Guidry was detained after leaving the air force, connection with the copper wire.

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