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Floyd Co. man sentenced for stealing from grave

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - A Floyd County man who admitted to stealing from a grave was sentenced Tuesday, but not before getting a stern lecture from the judge.

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 and stood in front of the court Tuesday 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 the judge.

"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 John David Caudill.

Judge Caudill gave Vickers the prosecutors' recommendation of two years in jail with probation after 120 days.

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

Leaving Osborne just hoping she can now pay her respects at her son's gravesite.

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


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