By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A Radford man will serve more than a year in prison for stealing copper from a Pulaski County home, even though it had been abandoned for years.
According to the prosecution, police found Roger Dale Turpin and a co-defendant outside the house on Falling Branch Road April 25. They had removed copper from the dwelling without receiving approval from the owners, according to statements made Thursday.
The house apparently had not been lived in for years and Turpin’s attorney said it is his understanding the house has since been torn down.
Turpin, 38, entered into a plea agreement whereby he was convicted of breaking and entering and grand larceny and a third charge of possession of burglary tools was not prosecuted.
Turpin was ordered to serve one year, two months of a 10-year prison sentence on the breaking and entering conviction. He will be placed on five years of active probation upon release from custody.
A five-year sentence on the larceny charge was suspended, but if Turpin should ever have to serve the sentence, it will run consecutive to the breaking and entering sentence.
Turpin’s co-defendant, Randall Paul Hopkins of Hiwassee, is scheduled to be in court Dec. 9 on the same three charges.