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Bond continued for man charged in theft of veteran's grave site statue

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WARREN, Ohio - Bond remains set at $250,000 for one of the men accused of stealing a brass statue from a veteran's grave site to pawn for money.

Valley veterans, many of them from American Legion Post 700 out of Howland, want to eventually restore honor to the veteran's grave site with a new marker if they can collect enough money to do that.

But first, they want to see those who are responsible for damaging the resting place of a veteran be properly punished.

Sawed off at the ankles and sold for scrap, local veterans are standing behind a service member whose grave was destroyed by thieves.

After sitting in court, they couldn't help but share their disdain. "To have a grave desecrated like that for a minimal amount of money for somebody is just outrageous, it's heinous and there should be some sanctity," said Jim Campbell, American Legion Post 700.

Thirty-year-old Richard Couturiaux's is one of the two charged in the case.

A county prosecutor says he faces doing time of up to 18 months. "He's charged with two felonies of the fourth degree, one count of receiving stolen property and one count of theft. In addition to that, he's also charged with several misdemeanors which would run at the same time as the felonies," said Gabriel Wildman, Trumbull County Prosecutor.

But his public defender says $250-thousand-dollars bail is "ridiculously high." "Typically in this court, a felony four bail would be about $5,000. I believe the bail was set at $250,000 in this case for political purposes," said David Rouzzo, public defender.

A call to the court for comment was made on Tuesday by 21 News.

In its original state, the statue is not replaceable.

Once the case is put to rest, veterans hope peace and proper recognition will then be put back where it belongs in Mahoning Valley Memorial Park.

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