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Guilty Plea in Substation Shooting

Guilty Plea in Substation Shooting
May 14
08:45 2019


The Escalante man who shot up the Buckskin power substation in 2016 has pleaded guilty to destruction of an energy facility.

Stephen McRae, 59, struck a plea deal in Salt Lake City federal court last week.
McRae fired into the cooling fins, rupturing the radiator piping.  The facility overheated and shut down, leaving thousands of customers in Kane and Garfield counties without power for eight hours.
Garkane Energy Cooperative spent $380,522 on repairs to the substation.
McRae faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, but prosecutors say they will ask for eight, in addition to reimbursing Garkane for the repairs.
McRae admitted he also damaged power stations in San Juan County and two Nevada counties.  While he will not be charged in connection with those incidents, they will be taken into consideration at his July sentencing.
McRae also agreed that he will not live or travel in southern Utah after his release.

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