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Phoenix man gets 15 years in prison for radiological theft

Added 03-05-21 12:03:02am EST - “A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Phoenix man gets 15 years in prison for radiological theft”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Prosecutors said 27-year-old Jared Trent Atkins stole three devices containing the radiological material Iridium-192 from his workplace in April 2019 and also stole tools to open the devices and expose the material.

They said Atkins texted his co-workers, telling them he had the dangerous devices and warned them to stay home until the devices were found.

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Atkins drove to Mt. Ord in the Payson area and called his family to say goodbye with plans to open one of the devices and kill himself.

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