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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — A federal judge is allowing a former manager at a Navy bombing range in North Carolina to take a Bahamas cruise, overruling prosecutors who warned he may never return to face charges of stealing more than $6 million worth of scrap metal.
The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports that U.S. District Judge James Dever is allowing Harry Mann of Mann’s Harbor to take the cruise beginning Sunday. Dever’s order directs Mann to return his passport to the federal government by no later than June 3.
The government accused Mann of conspiring with three salvage yard owners from 2005 to 2011 to steal metal from the Navy’s Dare County bombing range and sell it to scrap metal recyclers. He could face up to 35 years in prison if convicted.