CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 47-year-old Beeville man
charged with destruction of U.S. government property and possession of a stolen
firearm has admitted his guilt, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Dale Robinson pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales
admitted he knew the firearm in his possession was stolen and he intentionally
damaged federal property. He had hit a barricade located at the North gate
entrance of the Naval Air Station (NAS) in Corpus Christi.
Oct. 7, Robinson was at a gas station in Beeville when he spotted a Dodge Ram
3500 pickup truck with the engine running. He then entered that vehicle without
permission and drove straight to Corpus Christi. There, he approached the NAS
and attempted to gain unauthorized access to the base by crashing through the
gate. However, the vehicle became inoperable after he hit the barricade.
exited the pickup truck and fled on foot into the base with a handgun he had
stolen from the vehicle and hid next to a dumpster. Law enforcement immediately
arrested him. Robinson claimed he had suicidal thoughts. However, he opted to
drop the weapon so no one else would be hurt. Following his arrest, they
located an HS Produkt, model XDM-9, 9mm pistol loaded with a full
District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos will impose sentencing March 19, 2010. At
that time, Robinson faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible
$250,000 maximum fine.
has been and will remain in custody pending that hearing.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. Thorpe Jr. is prosecuting the