Man admits sabotaging railroad signal operations

Man admits sabotaging railroad signal operations
Two cards of a CSX freight train derailed as it crossed the Potomac River early Saturday. (Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania man has admitted he sabotaged railroad signals.

William Brown, 26, of Elizabeth, on Monday pleaded guilty to two counts of terroristic attacks and violence against a railroad carrier and mass transportation on land.

Brown detached four railroad signal antennas near Braddock in November 2017 and caused a complete signal failure by cutting cables, federal prosecutors said. They said he also severed signal wires near McKeesport.

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According to prosecutors, the actions recklessly endangered the safety of the mass transportation facility.

Brown faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced in May.

The FBI and CSX Transportation Police investigated the incidents.

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