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Utah Man Gets Eight-year Sentence

Utah Man Gets Eight-year Sentence

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) -- A man arrested nearly a year ago after explosive materials were found during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 has been sentenced to eight years and nine months in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge William Downes handed down the sentence Friday for Troy Kenneth Howard, of Riverton, Utah, for possession of a destructive device, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of forgery equipment, possession of false identification, and unlawful use of a means of identification, according to court documents.

Howard and Chancey Reynolds, of Salt Lake City, were arrested Feb. 16, 2004, after their rental Dodge Durango and its trailer was pulled over for a traffic violation in Laramie County, according to court records. Law enforcement officers found explosives materials and devices, multiple false driver's licenses, stolen credit cards and blank checks, according to the U.S. Attorney's indictment.

Federal authorities also determined that the men were members of white supremacist groups, according to court documents.

Reynolds entered a plea agreement on May 20 and was sentenced on Sept. 29 to five years and 11 months imprisonment for various offenses, including possession of a destructive device and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Howard, 33, entered a plea agreement on July 1.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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