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Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 05/15/2012

Prison for 2 in Army flashlight theft scheme

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Two men have been sentenced for their roles in a scheme to steal tactical flashlights from the Virginia Army National Guard.

Media outlets report that 30-year-old Michael Wayne Tutwiler of Mechanicsville will serve six months in prison. James Tucker Creamer of Amherst County will spend one year on probation and pay a $500 fine.

Tutwiler and Creamer were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville. They pleaded guilty in February.

Prosecutors say the men participated in a scheme with several other Guard members to steal the weapons-mounted flashlights. The thefts occurred from September 2007 to April 2008 while the soldiers were deployed to Iraq.

A co-defendant, John Robert Watkins, is scheduled to be sentenced July 23.

By the Associated Press  |  08:10 AM ET, 05/15/2012

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