Bunker Hill man sentenced for role in casket tampering at Martinsburg cemetery


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MARTINSBURG, West Virginia — A Bunker Hill man has been sentenced for his role in casket tampering at a Martinsburg cemetery.

Media outlets report that 33-year-old Erick Wayne Arthur received a one- to five-year sentence on Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

Arthur entered an Alford plea to conspiracy. An Alford plea means a defendant doesn't admit guilt but agrees the prosecution has enough evidence to get a conviction.

Police have said more than 20 caskets were pried open during break-ins at two mausoleums at Rosedale Cemetery in 2013.

Arthur's sentence is concurrent with a two- to 20-year sentence for a separate grand larceny conviction.

Two co-defendants in the casket tampering case, 25-year-old David P. Bowers III of Hedgesville and 30-year-old Richard R. Ruffner of Martinsburg, are each serving 26 years in prison.

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