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Former Explo Systems owner to repay $34M to government

Posted at 4:57 PM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 17:57:31-05

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) – A federal judge has sentenced the former owner of a company involved in an explosion and cleanup in Louisiana to pay $34 million and spend 4 years and seven months in prison.

KTBS-TV reports that David Alan Smith of Winchester, Kentucky, and four officials of his Explo Systems Inc. were sentenced Thursday in Shreveport.

The four other men got 2 to 5 years in prison and must repay the federal government $93,000 to $207,000.

All five pleaded guilty.

Explo Systems had an Army contract to “demilitarize” artillery charges at Camp Minden.

Authorities investigated after a huge explosion in 2012. Explo Systems went bankrupt in 2013, leaving thousands of tons of potentially explosive M6 propellant.

Co-owner David Fincher of Burns, Tennessee, was charged but died days before his trial was scheduled.

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United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote sentenced the following defendants:

Co-owner David Alan Smith, 63, of Winchester, Kentucky, to 55 months in prison, three years of supervised release and $34,798,761 restitution for participating in the criminal conspiracy.

Vice President of Operations William Terry Wright, 65, of Bossier City, Louisiana, to 60 months in prison, three years of supervised release and $149,032.80 restitution for participating in the criminal conspiracy.

Director of Support Technology Charles Ferris Callihan, 69, of Shreveport, to 24 months in prison, one year of supervised release and $207,599 restitution for making false representations in documents.

M6 Demil Program Manager Kenneth Wayne Lampkin, 66, of Haughton, Louisiana, to 45 months in prison, three years of supervised release and $149,032.80 restitution for making false statements.

Traffic and Inventory Control Manager Lionel Wayne Koons, 59, of Haughton, to 41 months in prison, three years of supervised release and $92,921 restitution for making false statements.