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  • 2 men get prison for stealing, destroying statue at Padre Pio shrine near Barto

    03/18/2009 6:58:01 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 26 replies · 795+ views
    Reading Eagle ^ | 3/18/09 | Holly Herman
    Two men apologized Tuesday in Berks County Court before they were sentenced to state prison for stealing and destroying a brass statue of an angel from the National Center of Padre Pio Inc. near Barto in September. John E. Hammond Jr. and Jamie L. Custer admitted they cut the 8-foot-tall, 1,200-pound "Angel of the Roses" into pieces and sold them as scrap for $952. Hammond, 31, of Spring City, Chester County, was sentenced by Judge James M. Bucci to 21 months to six years in state prison. "I am ashamed and embarrassed," Hammond said. Custer, 31, Norristown, received one to...