Rose pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact, and denied that he actually took part in the scheme.
"I was walking along the street and they had the lines already down and they asked me for help. And I was standing there when the cops came.
"It was stupid," Rose said. "Wrong place, wrong time."
He said the men asked him for help in dragging the line across a creek. Later, police recovered all of the line and copper, plus tools and a ladder in the woods.
As part of his plea, Rose agreed to testify against the others. Prosecutors will recommend probation for him when he and Binion are sentenced next month.
Travis Stanley, who is Kevin Stanley's brother, pleaded not guilty to the charge against him. He is scheduled to go on trial next month.
Two representatives of Frontier Communications were present for the hearing, but King delayed their comments until the sentencing.Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.