Tuesday April 2, 2013

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A Shaftsbury man who stole silverware valued at more than $8,000 from a relative and sold it for roughly $2,000 was given a deferred sentence after pleading guilty to the accusation Monday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division.

Daniel Richland, 21, of Glastenview Drive, pleaded guilty to grand larceny as part of a plea agreement that included the deferred sentence and a referral to the reparative board. Should he complete what the court has required of him for two years, the grand larceny charge will be removed from his record.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper James Wright, on Dec. 11, 2012 he spoke to Elaine Hulett who said her mother, Joyce Charbonneau, 70, was the victim of theft and that Hulett’s nephew, Richland, had stolen silverware Charbonneau had been collecting since she was 19. She said Richland had been living with Charbonneau for the past few years but had recently left after an argument.

Charbonneau told police she discovered an entire drawer of her silverware was missing, the items being made from Sterling silver. She valued the collection at $8,798.

Richland told police he took the items bit by bit to Moose’s Gold in Bennington and received a total of about $2,000 over the course of four or five visits there. He said this happened some months prior when he was using prescription drugs and had purchased an $1,800 drum set he was not able to keep up payments on.

Richland’s attorney, Lucy McCarthy, told the court Monday that Richland’s family members are in favor of this resolution and that he has been paying restitution to them.

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