Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A change-of-plea hearing has been set for a former official of a company that abandoned tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant in Louisiana.
Lionel Koons was traffic and inventory control manager for Explo Systems when it went bankrupt in 2013, leaving 7,800 tons (7,100 metric tons) of M6 propellant on land leased from the Louisiana National Guard.

He has pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy, 24 counts of making false statements, and six counts of wire fraud. But on Friday, Judge Elizabeth Foote scheduled a change-of-plea hearing for Koons next Friday, online court records


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