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Man pleads guilty, sentenced to five years for burglary
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Feb 07, 2013 | 1584 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The second defendant in an October burglary case pled guilty in Jones County Superior Court last week and was sentenced to five years to serve in prison.

Travis Zontallas Basley Jr. was sentenced Jan. 31 to 10 years for the burglary, five years for possession of firearm by first offender probationer and 12 months for obstruction of an officer.

Superior Court Judge Trent Brown sentenced the defendant to a total of 10 years with the first five years to be served in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation.

Co-defendant Samuel Monte Jackson received 10 years with five to serve from for the burglary from Superior Court Judge Hugh Wingfield Jan. 10.

Assistant District Attorney Gregory Bushway told Brown that Basley entered a home on Yukon Road and left the home on a bicycle. The items taken from the home were a flat screen television and a shotgun. Both items were recovered.

According to a report of the burglary charge by Capt. James Clark of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, a witness reported seeing Basley and Jackson on a bicycle carrying a flat screen television Oct. 30, 2012. The witness followed the men, and Basley reportedly pointed a shotgun at him but then dropped it and ran away.

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