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Three teenagers charged with breaking into autos plead guilty
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Mar 14, 2013 | 1750 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The last of three defendants charged with helping themselves to numerous items in automobiles during an overnight crime spree was sentenced in Superior Court last week.

Dakota Lee Benefield pled guilty March 7 and received five years each for 42 counts of entering an auto. Count two is to run consecutive to count one and all other counts are to run concurrent with each other for a total of 10 years.

The first 180 days of the sentence will be served in the Jones County Law Enforcement Center but may be suspended upon entry into state probation detention center. Upon release from the detention center, Benefield will come back to the Jones County LEC and wait until space is available at the state residential substance abuse center. After he completes RSAT, he will be placed on intensive probation supervision.

The defendant was ordered to pay $5,305 in restitution to the victims and obtain his GED as part of his probation. He was also sentenced to three years probation for a separate offense of carrying weapons on school property.

Benefield has been a regular visitor to Superior Court recently. He was in court Sept. 24, 2012, facing a weapons charge, and Assistant District Attorney Keagan Waystack attempted to give him a break. Because the knife, which was the reason for the charge, was found in Benefield’s vehicle on school grounds and not on his person, she asked the court to place the case on dead docket and the charge would be dropped if he stayed out of trouble.

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