A Marion felon charged with breaking into someone’s home in November was given more than a year and a half prison sentence during sentencing in McDowell County Superior Court.
Michael Dewayne Clark, 50, of Lewis Drive, Marion, was found guilty of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and safecracking. He was sentenced to 20 to 33 months in prison consecutive to any current sentences. He was given credit for 33 days time served. He must pay $801 restitution to the victim. He must pay a court-appointed attorney $275. He must pay court costs.
On Nov. 26, Billy Lee Ferguson of 3165 U.S. 70 East, Marion, reported to McDowell deputies that someone had broken into his house and stole at least $801 in items from his home and personal safe. Among the items stolen were a carton of cigarettes, a flat screen TV, a class ring, two knives, a gun holster, a cell phone and miscellaneous change.
An investigation by Detective James A. Manis led to Clark, who was charged two weeks later on Dec. 14.
Some of the items were recovered.
Clark has a long history of theft and breaking and entering convictions since 1997, where he was convicted of armed robbery in South Carolina.
In 2008, Clark served four and a half years in prison for assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety records.