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A Newport News man who has spent eight months in jail was sentenced Thursday for stealing from vehicles.
Quashawn Lauitrelle Byrd, 24, received a five-year sentence with all of that time suspended on the condition that he participates in the Virginia Department of Corrections’ diversion program, which allows nonviolent convicted felons to perform labor-intensive jobs at prison complexes.
“He’s a young, able-bodied man,” Byrd’s attorney Gordon Klugh said at his sentencing Thursday in York-Poquoson Circuit Court.
The thefts occurred in March 2014, when Byrd and 20-year-old Nijel Dudley, who is also from Newport News, broke into 13 vehicles overnight.
In addition to the suspended jail time, Byrd must pay $1,174 in restitution for the items he stole, including a purse containing credit cards, which he used to buy cigarettes, according to York-Poquoson Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dennis McLaughlin.
Byrd pleaded guilty to three felony counts of grand larceny in December.
Dudley pleaded guilty to two felony charges of larceny with intent to sell and two misdemeanor charges of obtaining money by false pretenses in January and was sentenced also sentenced to five years, with all but nine months suspended.