A fourth man has pleaded guilty to participating in a copper theft from a telephone utility in the Cabin Creek area, causing a disruption in service, in July 2011.
Travis Stanley, 30, of Dakota pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact and was sentenced Monday to probation by Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King.
Last month, Kevin Lamar Stanley, 29, and Warren Binion, 30, of Carbon pleaded guilty to damage to a public utility creating risk of injury or interruption of service. Joey Lee Rose, 32, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact.
They are scheduled to be sentenced in May. In exchange for their guilty pleas, prosecutors will recommend probation.
Police driving by spotted the men in the process of cutting down 800 feet of telephone wire that belonged to Frontier Communications. About 150 customers lost service as a result.
The utility reported the act resulted in $20,300 in damages, but since the copper wire was recovered the loss has been changed to about $10,000.The judge said the men would be ordered to repay that amount to Frontier.