Judge to sentence ex-CN railroader in wire cutting crime

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Federal judge is expected to hand down a sentence today for a former Canadian National signal maintainer accused of cutting circuit wires necessary to keep crossing gates raised.

MLive.com reports that Jeffrey Taylor, who lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, was caught on concealed video cameras cutting wires connecting crossing gates to the track, causing them to activate and block automobile traffic at a Battle Creek, Mich., grade crossing.

The news site reports that CN police installed the camera after crossing gate wires had been cut twice in January 2017 in the Battle Creek area. One camera recorded Taylor pulling up near a crossing in his truck in June, getting out to walk to the tracks, and then cut wires. Taylor had worked for CN as a signal maintainer from 1994 to 2009.

Sentencing for the felony offense could be as much as 20 years in prison.

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