Virginian sentenced for beating hitchhiker in Neb.

Justin Adolph

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — A 31-year-old Virginia man has been given 30 to 40 years in a Nebraska prison, convicted of severely beating a hitchhiker in western Nebraska.

Justin Adolph, of Lynchburg, Va., was sentenced on Tuesday in Cheyenne County District Court 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.


  • josh

    Interesting sentence time, especially seeing as how maximum sentence for first degree assault is ten years.
    Amazing how Nebraska’s courts are magically able to quadruple that for an out-of-towner…

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  • Peter Guzinya

    Mitigating factors such as prior arrest records may have something to do with it.. Also intent .. You want him back on the streets?

    He beat an unarmed kid nearly to death. Let him rot.

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