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The man found guilty of a slew of Montgomery County crimes was also linked to a theft in Giles.
MATT GENTRY | The Roanoke Times
The sentences in Montgomery and Giles counties for Edward DeHart, 50, will run concurrently.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
A man who was sentenced to 25 years in prison earlier this month in Montgomery County was found guilty Wednesday in Giles County of additional larceny-related offenses.
Edward DeHart, 50, of Riner, was sentenced in Giles County Circuit Court to seven years in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, breaking and entering, grand larceny and larceny of a firearm, according to county Commonwealth’s Attorney Bobby Lilly.
DeHart’s Giles County sentence will run concurrently with his Montgomery County sentence, meaning he faces a total of 25 years in prison. Part of the reason his sentence is concurrent is because his Giles County offenses are related to his charges in Montgomery County, Lilly said.
According to Lilly, a hunting cabin in Giles County was reportedly broken into in August 2011. A small microwave, sleeping bags, fishing rods, a radio and a shotgun were among the items reported missing, Lilly said.
When DeHart was later taken into custody in Montgomery County, some of those items were found in one of the vehicles that had been connected to DeHart, Lilly said.
In Montgomery County, DeHart was accused of stealing several vehicles, stealing numerous construction tools from sites where he made deliveries as an 84 Lumber employee, starting a fire in one of these instances, and storing stolen tools in a storage facility he rented.
According to testimony in Montgomery County, DeHart escaped arrest several times before leading sheriff’s deputies on an Aug. 12, 2011, Interstate 81 chase that ended in a wreck.
Lilly said that DeHart entered Alford pleas to his Giles County charges on April 4, 2012. In entering Alford pleas, DeHart agreed that sufficient evidence existed to find him guilty but maintained his innocence.
Even though he entered his pleas in April 2012, DeHart was not convicted of his Giles County charges until Wednesday — “a layer of protection that he and his attorney put in place to try to keep the Giles County incident from being used against him in Montgomery County,” Lilly said.
Giles County Circuit Court Judge Colin Gibb sentenced DeHart to 10 years of active supervised probation upon his release. That probation time will be in addition to the 20 years of active supervised probation he received at his April 8 sentencing in Montgomery County, Lilly said.
DeHart is facing a grand larceny charge in Pulaski County related to a February 2011 incident.
He is scheduled to enter a plea on April 25 to that charge, according to online records.
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