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Man pleads not guilty to damaging AT&T transmission site

Victor Joseph Schexnayder pleaded not guilty Thursday to blowing up an AT&T transmission site...
Victor Joseph Schexnayder pleaded not guilty Thursday to blowing up an AT&T transmission site in 2021.(WDAM 7)
Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 3:36 PM CDT
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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.

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