WARREN -- Calling the crime ``appalling,'' a judge Monday sentenced a Masury man to nine months in prison for his role in the desecration of a veteran's grave and stealing a military statute that was scraped for profit.
Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos acknowledged though that Michael Cryster had only one misdemeanor in his prior criminal record and he was less actively involved in the crime than a co-defendant who was sentenced to 18 months last August.
Cryster, 27, of West Ohio Street, pleaded guilty to a charge of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, and desecration, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to nine months on the felony and a concurrent 90 days on the misdemeanor. He's been in jail since August in lieu of $150,000 bond and already has served six months of the nine months.