Former West Virginia Resident Sentenced for Stealing Mining Equipment

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PITTSBURGH, PA — A former resident of Beckley, West Virginia, has been sentenced in federal court to four years imprisonment and three years supervised release and ordered to pay approximately $2.9 million in restitution on his conviction for stealing specialized mining equipment, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

Chief United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence Wednesday, January 18, 2023, on David Stanley, 48, following his Nov. 15, 2019, guilty plea to conspiring to transport across state lines specialized mining equipment from the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Kentucky to West Virginia and transporting this equipment from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to West Virginia.

According to information presented to the court, five break-ins and thefts occurred in and around February 2017 through May 2017, at mining sites located in the Indiana and Armstrong counties, in the Western District of Pennsylvania. Stanley admitted, in conjunction with his guilty plea, that he and other individuals, including his co-defendant Eudell Dickerson, stole high-value mining equipment, valued at approximately $2.9 million, from these sites and sold it to a company in the business of selling new and/or used mining equipment in Beckley, West Virginia. Special Agents, the court was informed, located some of the stolen equipment at the reseller’s facility and also identified trucks operated by Dickerson and Stanley as those involved in the thefts. Stanley also admitted that he, and other individuals, were involved in additional thefts at mining sites in Virginia and Kentucky.

The Court noted that the sentence in this case, four years, was sufficient but not greater than necessary to achieve the goals of sentencing. Judge Hornak emphasized the seriousness of Stanley’s conduct – that it was a considerable theft, executed with specificity for only the high-value mining equipment. The Court also recognized that the defendant, who has a substantial criminal history, including a felony federal conviction for witness tampering, which occurred after he pled guilty in this case, has “difficulty following rules” and the sentence also reflected the need to deter the defendant from committing crimes.

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Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Stanley.

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