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Louisa Co. Man Convicted of Arson and String of Crimes

Dec. 17, 2013

A Louisa County man pleads guilty to nine felony charges, including arson and grand larceny over the span of several months.

On April 12, 2013, a Toyota Highlander was stolen from Albemarle County. A day later it was found ablaze in Louisa County. Investigators found beer cans inside and the burned out vehicle, and sent them to the state forensic lab. The lab identified DNA on the can as belonging to 27-year-old William C. Drymond.

Three days later, Drymond was found with another vehicle that had been reported stolen. Officials say that vehicle contained numerous stolen items that had been taken from cars parked at hotels in the Charlottesville and Albemarle area.

On July 15, Drymond came to court and testified under oath that he lived with his father and worked for his brother. He was under surveillance at the jail when the Commonwealth learned that he lied about living with his father and working for his brother. In one phone conversation at the jail, Drymond pleaded with his sister to post his bail, saying he would never be found. He was immediately served with the charge of perjury and held without bond.

Drymond has pleaded guilty to two counts of grand larceny of an automobile, one count of arson of an automobile, two counts of grand larceny, two counts of felony petty larceny, one count of attempting to sell stolen goods, and one count of perjury.

He is set to be sentenced by the Louisa County Circuit Court in March, and faces up to 120 years in prison.

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