Williston man charged with stealing oilfield explosives signs federal plea agreement

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WILLISTON, N.D. - A Williston man charged with stealing oilfield explosives and storing them at his house has signed a plea agreement with the federal government.

Federal documents show 35-year-old Tyler Porter will plead guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and theft of explosive materials.

Charges of possession of an unregistered firearm, receipt of explosive materials,and possession of explosive materials by a prohibited person will be dropped.

Each counts carries a 10-year prison sentence and three years supervised probation.

Sentencing date has not scheduled.

In May, Porter was initially charged in state district court, when law enforcement officials found hundreds of stolen small explosives at his home.