NEW DETAILS: WPAFB airman who sold goggles on eBay ‘lied’ on sentencing memo, court records say

The former Wright-Patterson Air Force Base senior airman guilty of selling night vision goggles on eBay had his sentencing delayed again this week.

In a sentencing memorandum in New York’s Eastern Division District Court, prosecutors wrote said Zachary Sizemore repeated “the same lie” in court documents that he did to WPAFB law enforcement.

Sizemore admitted to stealing night vision goggles and other equipment and selling it for $154,000 to people in New York and elsewhere from July 2013 until November 2016 when he was arrested in his Huber Heights home, according to the criminal complaint.

RELATED: Prosecutors: Local Airman who sold night vision goggles on eBay should get prison

Prosecutors have recommended a 12- to 18-month prison term. Sentencing is currently scheduled for March 6, at least the fifth different sentencing date.

Prosecutors wrote that in Sizemore’s submission to the court, that he “fully accepts responsibility for his crime” but that he repeated an untrue statement.

“After his arrest, Sizemore claimed to believe the night vision equipment he stole from the military and resold online had been discarded and that he found it in a dumpster,” prosecutors wrote. “That claim is without any basis and is belied by the facts.”

RELATED: Man who sold Wright-Patt night vision goggles has sentencing delayed

Prosecutors — who wrote that Sizemore still owes the government $96,032.76 — indicated many items were still in their original cases with accessories and manuals and that protocol prohibited any equipment to be discarded such as placed in a dumpster.

Sizemore’s sentencing memo points out that he is a “remorseful and respectful 25-year-old who took what he thought was excessed equipment from his Air Force base job and sold it on (eBay),” his federal public defender wrote. “His actions ended his military career, sunk him and his wife into financial ruin, and subjected him to a military court martial.”

The defense memo said Sizemore was between tours of duty overseas, had recently gotten married, that he felt betrayed and hurt by his family and that left him with a “deep reservoir of financial insecurity.”

RELATED: Man pleads guilty to selling night vision goggles on eBay

The memo also said: “The pull of material things was strong, and as everyone knows, greed is never a satisfied customer.”

Attached along with the memo were character statements, including letters of support from WPAFB Staff Sgt. Isaac Galvan, Dayton police Maj. Brian Johns, Sizemore’s wife and her parents.

“To say that all of us were disappointed with the decision Zach made to break the law is an understatement. We were in total shock,” Johns wrote, saying it was the first time in his career he wrote a letter supporting a criminal defendant. “All of us, including Zach’s wife, were in shock because that isn’t who Zach is. He is better than that.”

RELATED: WPAFB airman accused of selling military equipment on eBay

Galvan wrote that he was deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait with Sizemore, who won an Air Force Achievement Medal and whom Galvan wrote became a Security Forces Armorer. Galvan said that Sizemore has maintained his integrity and that “people who possess the same character and work ethic as Sizemore are very hard to find in any field.”

An earlier sentencing memo written by assistant U.S. attorney Nomi Berenson said a person who purchased a night vision goggle (NVG) and a mini-thermal monocular (MTM) is a foreign national and that “had law enforcement authorities not intercepted the packages, they would have been exported from the United States.”

That memo also states the technology is on the International Traffic in Arms “Munitions List” and requires a license to be exported to a foreign country.

Sizemore remains out on bond as he awaits sentencing, according to court records.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Mark Gokavi on Twitter or Facebook


Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Car fire shuts down Warren County highway for 2 hours
Car fire shuts down Warren County highway for 2 hours

State troopers are investigating a car fire late Saturday afternoon in Warren County that closed Ohio 63 for about two hours. Dispatchers at the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post said the car was reported to be engulfed at 4:56 p.m. on Ohio 63 in front of the Warren Correctional Institution in Turtlecreek Twp. MORE: OVI checkpoint planned for...
MUST-SEE VIDEO: ATV bumps cruisers during chase on Ohio highway
MUST-SEE VIDEO: ATV bumps cruisers during chase on Ohio highway

Troopers chased down and boxed in a fleeing ATV with two riders illegally driving on the interstate. The Ohio State Highway Patrol posted a video of the incident Friday on its Facebook page. The video shows the ATV bumping one cruiser before finally stopping when it backed into another cruiser. Once the ATV stopped, troopers said the driver fled but...
Truck cab fire causes delays on NB I-75 in Miami County
Truck cab fire causes delays on NB I-75 in Miami County

Traffic is moving but motorists should expect delays due to a truck cab fire this evening on northbound Interstate 75 between Ohio 571 and County Road 25A. No one was reported injured in the fire dispatched sometime before 7:45 p.m. Northbound lanes on Interstate 75 are shut down tonight after a semi truck caught fire, according to the Ohio State Highway...
Today marks 3rd anniversary of Beavercreek tornado
Today marks 3rd anniversary of Beavercreek tornado

Today marks the third anniversary of a tornado that ripped through Beavercreek, damaging businesses and homes. The most damage was to part of the Greene Crossing Shopping Plaza off Indian Ripple Road, where two people suffered minor injuries while inside their vehicles. Don Moncrief is a mechanic at Performance Bicycle at the strip mall. He said he&rsquo...
Yoga with kittens? Here’s where you can try it in June
Yoga with kittens? Here’s where you can try it in June

The Humane Association of Warren County will host a Kitten Yoga Class at 1:30 p.m. June 9 at the Humane Association of Warren County’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 230 Cook Road in Lebanon. This first-time event at the shelter is an hour-long, entry level yoga class with the added twist of adorable kitten interaction. MORE: Kroger just...
More Stories