Robert Monroe Wilson III has been sentenced for the destruction of a courthouse gate in Muskogee with his car.

MUSKOGEE – A Kansas man was sentenced to nine months in a federal prison for destroying the gate and fence of the Eastern District Courthouse located in Muskogee.

Robert Monroe Wilson III, 48, of Baxter Springs, Kansas also received three years’ probation in connection to the July 22 offense.

Wilson struck the north gate of the courthouse around 11 p.m. with his Volvo sedan, said Doug Horn, First Assistant U.S. Attorney.

“He backed up and hit (the gate) again,” Horn said.

Wilson was under the influence of alcohol and had a blood-alcohol level of .13, he said.

“It is part of this agency’s responsibility to prosecute those that intentionally damage or destroy property of the United States Government. It is my hope that the prosecution of this case will deter Mr. Wilson and others from future criminal conduct of this nature,” said U.S. Attorney Brian Kuester in a prepared statement.

Wilson was also ordered to pay $23,950.08 in restitution, federal documents show.