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Samuel Clay Mitchell will serve the prison time based partly on an extensive record of convictions.
Samuel Clay Mitchell
Thursday, March 28, 2013
A Vinton man’s smash-and-grab burglary of a Roanoke store — coupled with a record of similar offenses — prompted a judge to sentence him to six years in prison Thursday.
Samuel Clay Mitchell, 37, who pleaded guilty late last year in Roanoke Circuit Court, got four years on one count of burglary and two years on a count of grand larceny.
He was arrested in April after police said he used a rock to smash a window of the Kmart on Hershberger Road Northwest and took jewelry. A probation officer said at one of Mitchell’s earlier hearings that restitution for property and damage to the store amounted to about $50,000. Mitchell won’t be liable for that because it was covered by the store’s insurance, Judge Charlie Dorsey said Thursday.
Mitchell was denied bond after his arrest when prosecutors argued that he had made recorded threats by phone to his wife, who was a witness in his case.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wanda DeWease, who sought a seven-year sentence, cited Mitchell’s extensive criminal record as part of her arguments. Online court records show that Mitchell was convicted of burglary and grand larceny in Botetourt County in 2011 and on similar charges in Roanoke County in 1994, 2001 and 2002.
Mitchell said that drug addiction had fueled his actions and told Dorsey he had completed the Alpha drug treatment program while in jail over the past 11 months. Dorsey said he wished Mitchell well but felt his background was overwhelming.
“With this kind of action, and the history with you … I can’t do as I might ordinarily do, because I don’t think it’s appropriate,” he told him.
Mitchell also has 14 years in suspended time and will be on probation for five years after his release.
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