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Ferrum man pleads to stealing copper wire, pipes
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Ernie Garraghty

Friday, February 15, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Ferrum man has pleaded guilty to stealing copper pipe and wire from a residence on Ingramville Road in July 2012.

Ernie Wesley Garraghty, 43, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in Franklin County Circuit Court Monday morning.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony breaking and entering charge against Garraghty was dismissed, according to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Deatherage.

The agreement calls for Garraghty to pay $820 restitution to the homeowner, Deatherage said. The sentence, probation and good behavior will be set by the judge.

The items were removed from the residence at 419 Ingramville Road while the house was vacant, Deatherage said. Garraghty's DNA was discovered on a soda can at the scene.

Garraghty told police the former tenant of the house had given him the items as payment for helping him move out of the house, Deatherage said.

The former tenant said when he moved, he had given Garraghty an old computer, monitors, printers and toys for his children, but not copper pipe or wire from the residence, Deatherage said. The tenant said Garraghty had not helped him move.

Garraghty's sentencing hearing is set for April 1 at 3 p.m. in Franklin County Circuit Court. He faces up to six months in jail under the state sentencing guidelines, Deatherage said.

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