One of the four men accused of stealing small arms ammunition and explosives from Navy Submarine Base Kings Bay pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Brunswick.
Austin Allen Cross was a Marine stationed at the base when, between September 2010 and July 2014, he participated in a conspiracy to take the ammunition and explosives from the armory at the base over the course of multiple occasions. He and, allegedly, others, buried some of them at the “shoot house” on the base.
According to the plea agreement, he also took ammo and explosives to a residence in the 100 block of Doris Street in St. Marys, a rental property owned by co-defendant Sean Patrick Reardon, and buried them on the property.
Cross pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge, which carries punishments of up to five years in prison and up to three years of supervised release. A sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.
In other federal matters Thursday, two men received their sentences in the Glynn County drug shed case. Keneil King received three years and one month in prison, along with three years of supervised release, for possession of 500 grams or more of cocaine with intent to distribute.
When King pleaded guilty, one of the agents on the case from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified that one of the co-defendants, Darrius Merrell, told investigators he arranged for a kilogram of cocaine to be delivered to Brunswick from Orlando, Fla. When authorities arrived at the Altama Avenue restaurant parking lot where the car with the cocaine was located, they found King was one of the passengers in the car.
Co-defendant Jessica Tabuteau told investigators that she drove the car to Brunswick, and picked up King at an Orlando gas station, where he placed a bag containing the cocaine in the trunk.
Tommy Murray also received his sentence, which was a year and a day, along with one year supervised release and a $1,500 fine for using a phone to facilitate the narcotics distribution conspiracy.