A Williamsburg man pleaded responsible in York-Poquoson Circuit court docket on Thursday to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor car stemming from the transitority disappearance of a $forty,000 piece of building gear.
Stuart Ronald Usher was arrested in Oct. 2014 and accused of stealing a Caterpillar mini-excavator from a York County work website nearly a year prior.
The excavator used to be recovered deep within the woods of Matthews County a few weeks after it was suggested stolen and eventually traced again to Usher, its previous proprietor.
Usher purchased the vehicle in 2006 for use in an earth-relocating project, however with the aid of 2009 he had defaulted on it and he abandoned it at a building website quickly thereafter.
Although the builder related to the website claimed he tried to contact Usher more than one occasions to come retrieve the excavator, he was unsuccessful in getting into contact with Usher and ultimately had the car towed away to a junkyard.
From there, the excavator was once purchased by way of a York County man for use in his landscaping industry and it was in his possession when Usher took the vehicle in November 2013.
Whilst Caterpillar’s financing files for the excavator had been nonetheless in Usher’s identify, there’s no title for the apparatus and the man who pronounced it stolen was able to produce forms displaying he had legally bought it from the junkyard.
Usher entered into a plea agreement with the prosecution that saw the grand larceny charge he at first confronted diminished to a misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle cost.
Although Usher entered a responsible plea, as part of the plea deal decide Richard Rizk agreed to withhold a finding of guilt for a interval of three years, at which period if Usher has no further problem with the regulation the charge might be lowered to misdemeanor trespassing. He’s going to no longer serve penal complex time.
Within the intervening three years Usher will stay on probation and be expected to pay back as-of-yet undetermined court docket bills at the price of $one hundred per month.
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