FORT EDWARD -- A Hudson Falls man who was arrested last October with a truck loaded with $22,000 in stolen metal was sentenced to up to 5 years in state prison Friday in Washington County Court.
Benjamin T. LaPoint, 36, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, in connection with the Oct. 31 arrest on Route 197 in Fort Edward.
He and Zachary J. Phillips, 18, of Hudson Falls were found in a truck that had metal stolen from two locations in Saratoga County, including a construction company storage area and a vehicle engine, according to police. They were believed to be headed to a scrap yard with it.
LaPoint had been arrested weeks earlier in connection with another scrap metal theft in Queensbury.
Washington County Judge Kelly McKeighan imposed a state prison term of 1-2/3 to 5 years.
The status of the charges against Phillips was unclear Saturday. State Police and Hudson Falls Police investigated the case.