Suspended sentence given in felony case
By MARLO BARNHART
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.