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Utah ‘Mountain Man’ burglar gets 10½ years in federal prison
Courts » Troy Knapp will spend at least 10½ years in prison on numerous federal and state charges.

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On April 2, a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter spotted Knapp chopping wood outside a cabin. Police say Knapp fired a weapon at the copter and pointed a weapon at officers before he was taken into custody.

The federal indictment alleges Knapp was armed with an SKS-type assault rifle and a .357-caliber handgun, which authorities previously have said were stolen during a Sevier County burglary.

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Knapp was charged in seven Utah counties — Beaver, Emery, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Sanpete and Sevier — with a total of 43 felony and misdemeanor charges, mostly theft and burglary counts. The state cases have been on hold since the federal charges were filed last October.

During the break-ins, Knapp is believed to have sometimes taken food or alcohol, sometimes supplies or guns. Cabin owners often reported little damage to their summer homes beyond a broken window or closet door, but said it looked like someone had lived in them for a period of time.

One cabin owner in Beaver County reported that his camp stove had been moved and used to cook beans, but nothing had been missing. However, in a family log, Knapp had allegedly left a message: "Thanks for the hospitality, Troy James the redhead."


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