United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Richard Hughes, 30, of Bangor, Maine, pleaded guilty on May 6, 2016 in U.S. District Court to destroying government property.

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According to court records, on June 5, 2015, Hughes drove a motor vehicle through the high frequency area electronic gate located on Elmer’s Way at the Cutler, Maine, Naval Support Activity installation.  The gate is owned and operated by the United States Department of Defense.  Hughes destroyed the gate.

Hughes faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.  He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Cutler, Maine, Naval Support Activity Police Department.