Man pleads not guilty to damaging AT&T transmission site
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - A man charged with using “artillery-style” fireworks to destroy an AT&T transmission site pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon in federal court.
Victor Joseph Schexnayder made the plea in the United States District Court/Southern District of Mississippi at the William M. Colmer Federal Building/United States Courthouse before Judge Michael T. Parker.
Schexnayder faced two counts Thursday: Using an explosive device to destroy, or attempting to damage or destroy, property used for interstate commerce, and possession of a firearm against a court order.
He pleaded not guilty to both and had a pretrial hearing set for Nov., 29.
A trial date was expected to be set once a new term of court starts after Dec. 13.
If found guilty, Schexnayder would face a sentence between five and 20 years and a fine of at least $25,000 on the first charge. The weapon possession charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of at least $25,000.
Schexnayder was arrested and charged with using an “artillery-style” firework at an AT&T transmission site in Jefferson Davis County.
Coppyright 2021 WDAM. All rights reserved.