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DNA on beer can tells all

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

DNA on a beer can left at the scene of a vehicle fire is the evidence that has put one Louisa man behind bars for five years.

William Conner Drymond, 27, was sentenced in Louisa County Circuit Court on March 13 to 30 years with all but five years suspended.

Drymond previously pleaded guilty during his December 16, 2013 court appearance to one count of arson of a vehicle, larceny of an automobile, three counts of grand larceny, two counts of petit larceny, one count of attempting to sell stolen property and perjury.

He is charged with stealing a Toyota Highlander in Albemarle County on April 12, 2013, which was found on fire in Louisa County the next day.

According to Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire, once Drymond set fire to the Highlander, he stole a 1999 Ford Explorer, which later broke down.

At the scene of the Highlander fire, Detective Mark Stanton of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office found a Budweiser Light beer can along with charred beer cans inside the burned vehicle.

He submitted the unique identifiers on the beer cans to the manufacturer, who was able to determine the cans were both made in the same facility within a 15-minute period. Stanton sent the can found outside of the burning vehicle to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, which was able to identify Drymond’s DNA on the can.

To read the entire story, see the March 20 edition of The Central Virginian.