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BREAKING NEWS: Jury Brought Verdict Against Man Accused of 2016 Burglaries

ZEBULON - This week, a Pike County jury convicted Bill Whitley, Jr. of Theft by Taking, Burglary in the First Degree, and Criminal Attempt at Burglary in the First Degree. The Honorable W. Fletcher Sams sentenced Whitley to 20 years to serve on Count 2, and 10 years to serve on Count 3, to be served consecutively to Count 2, for a total of 30 years to serve in prison. Assistant District Attorney Mark Irvin represented the Pike County District Attorney’s Office at the trial. The jury deliberated for 19 minutes before returning a verdict of guilty.

The jury convicted Whitley of entering a residence located in Pike County and taking the victim’s car on September 23, 2016. The defendant also attempted to unlawfully enter another Pike County residence, but encountered the homeowner before he was able to enter the home. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office arrested Whitley for these crimes.

District Attorney Ben Coker said of the verdict, “A home should be a sanctuary where someone should feel safe from those that want to do harm and steal property. When a criminal violates this sanctuary, that criminal deserves a sentence as harsh as this one. Throughout Pike County and the circuit, let those criminals, who commit crime like this, know that my offices will be diligent in prosecuting you. Thank you to my Pike County office, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, the jury, and the citizens that testified for all of your work. We will continue to work together, as a community, to keep our community safe.”

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Submitted 5.8.18