Second Teen Sentenced for Church Nativity Scene Theft - - ABC13

Second Teen Sentenced for Church Nativity Scene Theft


Bedford Co., VA - Another teen is heading to jail for his role in stealing and then destroying a nativity scene.

Matthew Barringer was sentenced Friday and will begin serving a 60-day jail sentence next Thursday.

Two felony counts against him were amended to misdemeanors for larceny and property damage.

The 19-year-old has already completed 120 hours of community service and paid $500 in restitution to Shiloh United Methodist Church in Forest.

Barringer was part of a group of five who took the nativity scene in December. One of the other men, Scott Cooley, was sentenced to a year in jail earlier this week. The prosecutor says Cooley got a harsher sentence because he did not complete community service or payback the church.

"That was something that was extended to the defendants early on. One of the ways you can mitigate your punishment is to behave yourself, number one. Number two, get out in the community and do some community service work. And number three, make sure you pay the church back the restitution for the nativity scene you had taken and ultimately destroyed," said Stephanie Ayers, the Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney

A third man, John Killgo will be in court later this month.

Two juveniles were also involved.

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