Break-In Defendant Pleads Guilty

Gets 14 Years With All But 1 Suspended

Posted: July 19, 2013

HARRISONBURG — One of two Augusta County men accused of breaking into several Rockingham County homes last fall pleaded guilty this week in Rockingham County Circuit Court.


Brad Alan Hershey, 33, of Stuarts Draft, pleaded guilty to six felony counts of grand larceny and one felony count of obtaining money by false pretenses.


As part of a plea deal, Judge Bruce Albertson on Tuesday sentenced Hershey to 14 years in prison with all but one year suspended.


His co-defendant, Gage Matthew Snider, 21, of Verona, pleaded guilty June 7 to three felony counts of grand larceny and one felony count of larceny of a firearm. Judge James Lane sentenced Snider to 20 years in prison, with all but three months of that sentence suspended as part of a plea deal.


Prosecutors said deputies responded to eight breaking-and-entering calls from Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 in the Lakewood Estates subdivision near Lakeview Golf Club on Shen Lake Drive. Both defendants were arrested Oct. 3 in connection with the break-ins.


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