- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A 20-year-old Casper man who admitted using large machinery to cause up to $400,000 in damage at a mine west of Casper faces up to six years in prison.

District Judge Thomas Sullins sentenced Mark Faulcon on Tuesday, recommending he participate in a boot camp program. He also ordered him to pay $266,000 in restitution.

Authorities say Faulcon and Adam Melikian burglarized and damaged several buildings and vehicles at the mine in early January. Investigators said someone had used an excavator to remove a cab from a semi-truck and then crush it. A bulldozer was parked on top of a large metal shipping container. A motor home was damaged along with several trailers, a pickup and other equipment.

Melikian has pleaded not guilty to property destruction and burglary charges. If Melikian is convicted, he would share responsibility for restitution.

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