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Teen sentenced in theft of firearms

By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- A Mt. Jackson teenager has been sentenced for his role in breaking into a Shenandoah County deputy's house and stealing firearms.

In Shenandoah County Circuit Court, Dustin Lee Wilfong, 19, of 2034 Jerome Road, Mt. Jackson, was sentenced to eight years in prison, with nine months to serve in jail, for burglary, larceny of a firearm and grand larceny. He also must serve time in a detention and diversion program.

A .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle, belonging to the Sheriff's Office, as well as two .22-caliber semiautomatic handguns were stolen from the deputy's house between 6:45 a.m. and 8:45 p.m. on March 15. Maj. Scott Proctor had said the department weapon is worth about $1,000.

Beau Donald Bowers, 19, of Edinburg, has pleaded guilty to participating in the crimes, online records state, and will return to court Nov. 9 to be sentenced. Sheriff Timothy C. Carter has said Bowers sold one of the handguns to a 16-year-old boy from Mt. Jackson.

Judge Dennis L. Hupp, in announcing Wilfong's sentence, said the teenager's actions were "inexcusable," referencing his theft of personal belongings. Also taken from the deputy's home were a camera, a laptop, an iPod, a GPS unit and jewelry.

Restitution in the case totals $8,820, records state.

Others sentenced in court recently included:

• Kevin Lee Sowers, 46, of Ranson, W.Va., to 18 years in prison, with two years to serve, for nine charges related to burglary and grand larceny.

Sowers' cooperation with law enforcement in other cases helped decrease his active incarceration time. A co-defendant in his case, which dates to 2000, has since died, leaving Sowers with restitution of $26,669.

• Don E. Clinedinst, 56, of Strasburg, to 20 years in prison, with a year and five months to serve, for distributing and possessing hydromorphone.

• Eric Chester Parsons, 28, of Woodstock, to eight years in prison, all suspended, for identity theft, credit card theft, credit card fraud and credit card forgery. He must complete a detention and diversion program, however.

• Bora Ozbay, 32, of Fredericksburg, to no more than two years in prison for attempting to deliver a controlled substance to an inmate.

Ozbay devised a scheme with his fiancee to deliver heroin to her inside the Shenandoah County Jail. He has a plea agreement that leaves sentencing up to the court, but caps it at two years. Ozbay, who had a possession of heroin charge dropped, will be sentenced Nov. 30.

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