Alleged 'mountain man' cabin thief pleads not guilty

Wednesday , October 16, 2013 - 2:12 PM

Recluse Cabin Burglar

FIlE - In this April 2, 2013, file photo, Sanpete Sheriff's Officers escort Troy James Knapp, 45,...

The Associated Press

ST. GEORGE -- A wilderness fugitive accused of burglarizing remote cabins across Utah has pleaded not guilty to federal firearm charges.

The Spectrum of St. George reports that 46-year-old Troy James Knapp pleaded not guilty during his initial appearance in federal court Tuesday afternoon in St. George.

He is accused shooting at a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter and aiming an assault rifle at other officers before surrendering in April.

Knapp, known as the "Mountain Man," is already charged with 39 burglary-related charges in six Utah counties.

Federal prosecutors stepped in and took the lead on the case in mid-September, postponing a plea hearing in Sanpete County.

Knapp is suspected of eluding authorities for several years while stealing guns, whisky and supplies from remote cabins across Utah.

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