106.7 The Fan All News 99.1 WNEW CBS Sports Radio 1580

‘Dumpster Diver’ Sentenced for Selling Outdated Meat in Va.

View Comments
File photo of meat. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

File photo of meat. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Latest News
D.C. | Md. | Va. | Sports 
 

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

FRONT ROYAL, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — A Maryland man described by supermarket employees as a “Dumpster diver” has been fined $1,000 and given two years’ probation after pleading guilty to selling outdated meat at his Virginia store.

Warren County prosecutors say 54-year-old Rodney Cole Sparks pleaded guilty Tuesday to 10 misdemeanor counts of offering adulterated meat for sale at a Front Royal discount store. The Monrovia, Md. man was originally charged with 10 felony counts and faced up to five years on each.

Sparks’ attorney Bradley G. Pollack told The Frederick News-Post that his client denied selling adulterated meat, but agreed to the plea deal because he would have been found guilty if supermarket employees denied giving him the meat. The attorney said if that happened, prosecutors could have argued the meat was improperly stored.

Follow WNEW on Twitter.

(TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus