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Case Number: 3:20-cr-00297-E
Judge: Ada Brown
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Dallas County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, Dallas, Texas
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Description: Dallas, Texas falls information and hoaxes criminal defense lawyer represented Mark Ashley Robert, who was charged by the United States of America with false information and hoaxes.
According to court documents, during the early morning hours of December 21, 2018, Mr. Robert admitted to placing a device (as seen in the photo below) on the Kansas City Rail Line railroad tracks in Dallas.
A railroad conductor noted a red and green flashing LED light in the middle of the tracks while operating on the railroad. The conductor observed what appeared to be a box wrapped in electrical tape with a nine-volt battery attached to the side of the device.
The Dallas Police Department Bomb Squad responded to the scene to assess the device. Upon examination, law enforcement authorities determined that the box, placed by Mr. Robert, appeared to resemble an improvised explosive device (IED). As a result, officers rendered the device safe.
Law enforcement submitted the remaining parts of the device to the FBI for latent print examination. Through the course of that examination, Mr. Robert’s fingerprints were recovered.
Mr. Robert now faces up to 5 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has been set for March 5, 2021.
This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Dallas Field Office and the Dallas Police Department with the assistance of the Kansas City Southern Railway Company. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany Eggers is prosecuting this case.
18 U.S.C. § 1992(a)(9) Conveying False Information About the Use of a Destructive Device on Railroad Track
18 U.S.C. § 1038(a)(l) FALSE INFORMATION AND HOAXES
10/22/2020 22 ELECTRONIC Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Irma Carrillo Ramirez: Rearraignment Hearing as to Mark Ashley Robert held on 10/22/2020. On the record under oath in open Court, the defendant waived the right to appear in person and consented to plead guilty by video conference before the U.S Magistrate Judge, after consulting with counsel. Further, on the record in open Court, the defendant consented to proceed before the U.S Magistrate Judge, to conduct the guilty plea as required by Rule 11, F.R.Cr.P. Plea entered by Mark Ashley Robert (1) Guilty Count 1s. Location interval set to: LR. Attorney Appearances: AUSA - Tiffany Eggers; Defense - Kirk Lechtenberger. (No exhibits) Time in Court - :22. (Court Reporter: Tutti Bui) (mcrd) (Entered: 10/22/2020)
10/22/2020 23 Report and Recommendation on Guilty Plea as to Mark Ashley Robert. (Ordered by Magistrate Judge Irma Carrillo Ramirez on 10/22/2020) (mcrd) (Entered: 10/22/2020)