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Suspended sentence given in felony case

November 18, 1997

Suspended sentence given in felony case

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A 38-year-old Virginia man was given a two-year suspended sentence Monday in Washington County Circuit Court in connection with the June 1996 felony theft of a tractor-trailer and its cargo, a John Deere backhoe.

Lucien David Elswick, of Clintwood, Va., entered an Alford plea to felony theft. In an Alford plea, a defendant admits the state could produce evidence of guilt but does not admit guilt.

Judge John H. McDowell fined Elswick $200 and placed him on probation for one year. The judge also advised Elswick he expects him to cooperate with police who are still investigating the theft.

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A tip and an all-night surveillance by Maryland State Police led to Elswick's June 22, 1996, arrest.

Elswick could have faced up to 15 years in prison.

Trooper 1st Class Jeff Hewett said Maryland State Police got a tip that Elswick was in the area and that he was trying to sell the truck and its cargo, court records said.

Hewett said the truck and the backhoe were reported stolen in April 1996 from Huntington, W.Va.

Troopers 1st Class Steven Bennett, John Sexton and Charles Stanford staked out the truck, which was parked at a truck stop on Hopewell Road.

Around 10:30 a.m. June 22, 1996, Elswick returned to the truck and began to drive it away when the officers activated their lights and sirens, Hewett said in his report.

Elswick allegedly jumped from the moving truck and ran into a wooded area, where he was captured, police reports said.

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