Man convicted of selling historic bridge for scrap gets prison

A northwestern Indiana scrap-metal dealer convicted of razing a historic railroad bridge and selling the metal has been sentenced to two years in prison.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reported 69-year-old Kenneth Morrison of Whiting was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in Hammond after being convicted in December of interstate transportation of stolen goods.

Morrison told the court he’s been “scrapping all my life” and he takes down railroad tracks and bridges “all the time.” He’s planning to appeal his conviction.

Federal prosecutors say Morrison knew the unused Monon Bridge was owned by the city of Hammond. The defense argued the bridge had no clear owner and had been abandoned.

Prosecutors say Morrison sold metal from the bridge to Indiana and Illinois scrap yards.

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