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Adam Alspaugh (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Adam Alspaugh (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

A 27-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for stealing golf cart batteries from a defunct James City County golf course.

Adam Lawrence Alspaugh pleaded guilty to one felony count of grand larceny in May, setting up Wednesday’s sentencing hearing. Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court Judge Michael McGinty suspended four years and 10 months of Alspaugh’s sentence.

Alspaugh was arrested in November after security cameras at the defunct Colonial Golf Course in Lanexa captured video of a man driving a white Jeep Cherokee entering the area where the golf carts were stored around 11:30 a.m. Nov. 4.

A short time later, someone approached the Jeep, which then left the area. A maintenance worker found three golf cart batteries with cut wires outside the garage.

Later that day, 24 golf cart batteries resembling those used at Colonial Golf Course were sold to James City County Recycling for $3,500.

Alspaugh was arrested along with 30-year-old Benjamin Paul Hogge. Both accepted plea deals requiring them to plead guilty to a charge of grand larceny in exchange for several other charges being dropped.

Alspaugh’s attorney, Brandon Waltrip, told the court Wednesday his client struggled with drug addiction and he is remorseful for what happened.

He must pay $200.06 in restitution to James City County Recycling as part of the sentence. Hogge is set to be sentenced at 1 p.m. Aug. 5.

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