Trial Set for Man Accused of Stealing Oil Patch Explosives

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of storing stolen explosives, guns and more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition in his Williston home is scheduled to stand trial in the fall on charges that could land him in prison for 50 years.

Attorneys for Tyler Porter earlier this month entered not guilty pleas on his behalf. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland has scheduled trial to begin Oct. 4 in federal court in Bismarck.

Authorities allege Porter stole more than 200 explosives last spring from two companies operating in the North Dakota oil patch.

Porter was charged in May with four counts related to the theft and possession of explosives and prohibited weapons. A grand jury in June added a fifth count and also called for Porter to forfeit guns and ammunition if found guilty.

 

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