BOONE COUNTY — One person pleaded guilty and three others were sent to prison last week, according to the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
• George Allan Dotson, 37, of Peytona, pleaded guilty to the felony offense of breaking and E\entering in Boone County Circuit Court.
Last November, Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call of a building that was broken into belonging to Coal River Mining. Once inside the building, Deputies found approximately $10,000.00 worth of equipment stolen. The investigation was aided by video surveillance that captured a portion of the theft and ultimately led to the identification of Dotson as the suspect.
Following his Indictment by a Boone County Grand Jury in April, Dotson pleaded guilty to his role in the offense. He faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on November 30, 2015.
Deputy Ashley Keadle investigated the case. Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Anderson handled the prosecution.
• Sarah Halstead, 31, of Foster, was sentenced to prison following a hearing in Boone County Circuit Court.
Halstead was indicted for the crime of Nighttime Burglary by a Boone County Grand Jury in September 2014. The indictment arose out of the burglary of a home in the Foster area of Boone County. Halstead reportedly stole various items from the home including a handbag, cash and various DVDs.
A subsequent indictment of Halstead occurred in January 2015 for a second burglary of a home also in the community of Foster. During that burglary, Halstead reportedly stole a pink leopard print cigarette case. Deputies later solved the offenses when Halstead was found in possession of some of the stolen items.
Halstead pleaded guilty to 2 counts of Burglary in Boone County Circuit Court last July. At her sentencing hearing last week, Halstead was ordered to prison for 1 – 15 years.
• Timothy Dunlap, 48, of Quinland, is headed to prison following his admission in Boone County Circuit Court to breaking into a Quinland home.
In February, Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call of a burglary in the Quinland area of Boone County. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies learned that a male wearing a blue-hooded sweatshirt broke in to a home and stole the owner’s purse. Later that evening, deputies located a man fitting the assailant’s description. That person was Dunlap, and he admitted to the burglary. He was arrested and then indicted by a Boone County Grand Jury in April.
In court earlier this month, Dunlap admitted his role in the crime and pleaded guilty to Burglary. Dunlap asked the court to sentence him the same day, and after being advised of his constitutional rights, Dunlap was sentenced to prison for up to 15 years.
Deputy A. M. Cook investigated the crime. Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Anderson handled the prosecution for the State.
• Brandon Beverly, 39, of Whitesville, was sentenced to prison following his admission in Boone County Circuit Court to various mine related thefts.
In March 2014, Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies began investigating a string of mine thefts throughout Boone County. A six month long investigation into the thefts led to the indictment last September of Beverly and others for various counts of Grand Larceny and Conspiracy.
In Circuit Court last week, Beverly pleaded guilty to 3 counts of Grand Larceny and 3 counts of Conspiracy for his role in the crimes. Following his guilty plea, Beverly was sentenced to prison for up to 15 years and ordered to pay restitution to the various businesses.
Deputy E. C. Eversole conducted the investigation. Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Anderson handled the prosecution for the State.
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