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Guilty plea in copper military cable theft

Federal prosecutors say an employee of a defense contractor faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing copper military cables and other equipment and selling them as scrap.The U.S. Attorney's Office says 54-year-old Levon Smith of Annapolis pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S....

Federal prosecutors say an employee of a defense contractor faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing copper military cables and other equipment and selling them as scrap.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 54-year-old Levon Smith of Annapolis pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Prosecutors say the cables and other equipment were worth more than $340,000 and were sold for about $22,000 to a recycling company.

Prosecutors say Smith worked for Hunt Valley-based AAI Corporation, which installs the cables and other parts in unmanned aerial drones and other equipment.

Smith is to be sentenced Dec. 17.

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