2nd man guilty of theft from cemetery
By James Peacemaker, Jr. Managing Editor
Dec 23, 2013, 09:36
CHESTERFIELD — The second of two men charged with stealing bronze vases from a cemetery pleaded guilty to grand larceny Thursday.
Van Terry Maurice Fields, 45, of Richmond, is set to be sentenced Jan. 29.
Charges of charges of conspiracy to commit larceny and larceny with intent to sell/distribute were nolle prossed, or set aside.
About 168 bronze vases were stolen from Dale Memorial Park, west of Chester, on May 21 or 22. But Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Ken Nichols said the vases were taken from a maintenance facility, not from grave sites. He said they were scrap vases that had been cracked or damaged.
The guilty plea comes two days after co-defendant Kenneth Lamar Jones, 45, of the 800 block of North Avenue, Richmond, pleaded no contest to grand larceny as well. He was sentenced to five years in prison with four years and nine months of that time suspended. With time spent in jail while awaiting trial, he has already served his time. However Jones was set to be extradited to Maryland to face charges for an incident in 2010. Jones was also on probation or parole during the time of his arrest and could serve time from an older case if a judge decides to show cause.
The charge of grand larceny carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Jones also was ordered to pay restitution to Dale Memorial Park in the amount of $1,007.10, half of the money that was received from a recycling center for the scrap metal.
Nichols said the vases were taken to Rose Time Scrap Metal & Recycling in Staunton where the two defendants received just over $2,000 for the 1,400 pounds of bronze.
Nichols said Fields cooperated with police and testified against Jones in General District Court.
Fields was also on parole or probation when the crime occurred and could see a suspended sentence reinstated.
Jones and Fields were arrested in relation to a similar theft and were ultimately tied to this theft, according to police.