- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island cemetery worker who stole veterans’ old granite gravestones and used them as flooring at his home has been sentenced to community service and probation.

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha’s office said Friday that 59-year-old Kevin Maynard was sentenced to 200 hours of community service to help veterans and a year of probation.

Maynard pleaded guilty in July to theft of government property for taking gravestones and other items from the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Exeter.

Investigators found at least 150 grave markers being used as flooring in a shed and two garages at Maynard’s home in Charlestown.

Maynard says he came to view the gravestones as materials that were going to be discarded because they’d been replaced by new markers. He asked for forgiveness.

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