6 sentenced for copper thefts at Ohio power sites

CLEVELAND (AP) — Five of seven men accused of conspiring to steal copper from about two dozen electrical substations in northeast Ohio have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cleveland says the prison terms range from 15 months to more than four years. A sixth defendant was given two years of supervised release. The seventh man will be sentenced next year.

Authorities say the copper was sold to scrap yards for more than $15,000.

Prosecutors say the thefts created a risk of blackouts and threatened the safety of utility workers who maintain power stations. The defendants have been ordered to pay First Energy Corp. a total of more than $242,000 for emergency repairs made after the thefts, which occurred between January and May.

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