UPDATE: Soldier charged in theft sales also facing attempted killing

William Garrett

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) – A Fort Campbell soldier accused along with five others of stealing Army equipment overseas was charged with attempted homicide earlier this year.

Police say 29-year-old Kyle Thomas Heade was charged in a shooting at a Bojangles restaurant in Clarksville, Tennessee in January.

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The Tennessean reports (tnne.ws/2dSCqBu) Heade fired into a car while two men were robbing a woman. One of the men in the car, Timothy Grant, was hit five times but he survived.

Heade’s attorney has said Heade was protecting a robbery victim.

He was one of six soldiers and two civilians charged with conspiring to steal sensitive military equipment worth more than $1 million and selling it online. The federal indictment against them was unsealed this week.

According to court records, Heade has an arraignment scheduled for Monday in Montgomery County on the attempted homicide charge.

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10/6/16 3:55 p.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Federal prosecutors have charged six soldiers from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with conspiring to steal sensitive Army equipment including sniper telescopes and rifle accessories, machine gun parts, grenade launcher sights, flight helmets and night vision helmet mounts.

U.S. Attorney David Rivera announced Thursday that more than $1 million in restricted equipment was ultimately sold and shipped, mostly to anonymous eBay bidders, including some in Russia, China, and other foreign nations.

A news release said five of the soldiers were arrested, and one other is still being sought, along with the two civilians in nearby Clarksville, Tennessee, who are accused of buying the equipment from them.

Each defendant faces up to five years in prison if convicted of conspiracy. The two civilians face charges including wire fraud.

Associated Press

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