Man sentenced for stealing 454 markers from veterans' graves

AP News
Posted: May 15, 2015 8:33 AM

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to weekends in jail and must pay restitution to cover the cost of 454 bronze markers and flag-holders he stole from the graves of veterans in western New York.

Joseph Kuzma, of Byron, pleaded guilty in March to attempted grand larceny. The Daily News of Batavia reports ( ) members of veterans' groups turned out for his sentencing Thursday in Genesee County Court.

Prosecutors say Kuzma stole 192 markers and 262 flag-holders from eight cemeteries in the neighboring towns of Bergen and Byron during nighttime thefts last year. He sold the items at a Rochester scrap yard to pay for his drug habit.

Kuzma was sentenced to spend weekends in jail for four months and to pay more than $17,000 to replace the stolen items.


Information from: The Daily News,