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New trial denied in pub theft case

December 20, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- A judge Friday morning denied a motion for a new trial requested by a man convicted Dec. 3 of theft over $500 for stealing $239,190 from The Corner Pub between Sept. 17, 2004, and Nov. 13, 2007.

Craig Spriggs, 50, who lives on Edward Doub Road, was a bookkeeper at The Corner Pub for eight years, the establishment's co-owner has told The Herald-Mail. In April, co-owner Darryl Sword said Spriggs' employment at The Corner Pub had ended about four months earlier.

Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in Washington County Circuit Court, denied Spriggs' motion for a new trial, but he did modify the terms of Spriggs' release. Spriggs had served 17 days in jail but was released from custody Friday after his attorney argued that if Spriggs were free, he would be able to work and help pay restitution.

Defense attorney James Gitomer gave the prosecutor a check for $80,000 to begin paying back restitution.

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Spriggs must check in with the Department of Parole and Probation weekly, Wright said.

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