Man Sentenced For Beating Hitchhiker

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

A 31-year-old Virginia man has been given 30 to 40 years in prison after being convicted of severely beating a hitchhiker in western Nebraska.

Justin Adolph, of Lynchburg, Va., was sentenced to consecutive terms of 15 to 20 years. He'd been convicted of attempted first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit attempted first-degree assault.

Authorities say Adolph beat a hitchhiker that he and a traveling companion had picked up in North Platte on June 1 last year. The hitchhiker, Tommy Crawford, later was found badly beaten alongside Interstate 80 about 130 miles west. He has since recovered.

Court records say Adoph's companion, 33-year-old Stephanie O'Neal, of Clarksville, Tenn., was convicted of four misdemeanor counts of compounding a felony. She is awaiting sentencing.

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