2010-12-08 / For The Record

Peddling stolen property sends man to jail

By Anne Marie Kyzer annemariek@thetruecitizen.com

A Blythe man caught trying to sell a stolen pistol and scope was sent to prison.

Patric Quincey White, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by receiving stolen property. Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown sentenced him to two years behind bars and eight years probation.

White was arrested in September when a burglary victim’s neighbor reported him trying to sell a 22 caliber pistol and a scope taken in the burglary days before for $60.

White was initially charged with burglary but a plea negotiation lessened that charge to theft by receiving stolen property.

A different type of break-in related crime sent another Burke County man to prison.

Carl Frederick Fleming, 35, was sentenced by Judge Brown to 10 months in jail and 26 months probation for breaking in and attacking a houseguest at an ex-girlfriend’s home.

According to assistant district attorney Falin Rogers, Fleming was arrested in May 2008 after he crawled through a window in the Blount Chapel Road home during the early morning hours and began choking a man staying there. Rogers said the victim reported being cut by Fleming with a razor blade as well.

Fleming was initially charged with burglary, aggravated assault and stalking but the first two charges were lessened to criminal trespass and battery when factual difficulties surfaced in the case.

The victim, according to Rogers, has also since been arrested in an unrelated incident and is being held at the Burke County Jail awaiting trial for a violent crime.

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