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Man sentenced for stealing veterans' grave markers

Chad Hennessey (Source: Wood County Jail) Chad Hennessey (Source: Wood County Jail)
Rockfield Cemetery (Source: KLTV Staff) Rockfield Cemetery (Source: KLTV Staff)
WOOD COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

A Wood County man has been convicted of stealing veterans' grave markers from a cemetery.

Chad Hennessey, of Mineola, was sentenced in February on 13 counts of theft of property from a grave. Hennessey will serve two years for the charges, which will run concurrently with a previous conviction. Hennessey was originally arrested for violation of probation.

The thefts occurred at two cemeteries in Wood County - New Hope Cemetery and Rockfield Cemetery. At the Rockfield Cemetery, brass plaques were cut away and tombstones were ripped from the ground.

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Hennessey was arrested at a mobile home next to the Rockfield Cemetery where he was staying. Officers seized brass plaques and drug paraphernalia during the arrest.

Hennessey admitted to stealing the markers, telling officials he took them back to his home and then ground down the markers to remove the names. Once the information was removed, he attempted to sell the brass.

Deputies determined that at least 12 markers were stolen, along with one brass urn. Eleven of the markers belonged to veterans of different wars, with one being an individual killed in action in Vietnam.

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