Man Sentenced for Stealing from Graves

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A Floyd County man who admitted to stealing from a grave was scolded by the judge before his sentencing on Tuesday.

When Evelena Osborne buried her 19-year-old son Anthony nearly seven years ago she never expected someone would begin stealing from his grave.

"I'm already heartbroken. I mean it destroyed us. That's my only child, and then I can't even take stuff to the cemetery for him and it be there when I go back?" said Osborne.

Last month, Randall Vickers pleaded guilty to the crime. Tuesday he returned to court to be sentenced.

"I'm very sorry to Miss Osborne or whatever about the whole deal. I really don't know how to explain it no better than that," said Vickers.

But his apology did not hold much merit with Floyd County Circuit Judge John David Caudill

"If we're going to put some flowers on my parents' graves we do it either the day of or the day after Memorial Day because people like you steal off of it! Shame on you, but there's no shame in you. There's no excuse for this," said Judge Caudill.

Caudill then sentenced Vickers to two years in jail.

"Most important things to many people in this area is where their loved ones are buried, and you desecrated that," said Judge Caudill.

Vickers was taken back to the Floyd County Jail to finish out his sentence.

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