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Va. man with extensive record gets prison term

Saturday - 4/5/2014, 12:04pm  ET

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- A Fredericksburg man who has 72 criminal convictions dating back 30 years has been sentenced to serve four years in prison for his latest offense.

The Free Lance-Star ( reports that Duane Graves' was sentenced this week for using a credit card to make a $7 purchase. The credit card was in a wallet he found.

The Circuit Court judge sentenced the 46-year-old Graves to a term exceeding the state's recommended guidelines because of his extensive criminal record.

According to the evidence presented by prosecutor, Graves found the wallet after another man had dropped it. He then went to a nearby gas station and used the credit card.

Graves' attorney sought mercy, noting that his client's last felony conviction was in 2006.


Information from: The Free Lance-Star,

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