A man will spend at least eight years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to larceny and habitual felon charges last week.
Kristopher Keith Childers, 36, of Morganton, was sentenced to an active prison term of eight to 10 years following his conviction and admission of habitual felon status in Burke County Superior Court last week.
Robert C. Ervin, a superior court judge from Burke County, imposed the prison term for Childers after he pleaded guilty to felony larceny, two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and flee to elude arrest.
The defendant will serve his period of incarceration in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Childers’ sentence length was enhanced by prior felony convictions for breaking and entering in 2003, possession of stolen goods in 2006 and discharging a weapon into occupied premises in 2011, all in Burke County.
The offenses occurred between September and November 2018. During that time, Childers stole two vehicles, a John Deere UTV and fled from officers pursuant to one of their stops.
The cases were investigated by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and Morganton Department of Public Safety. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert handled prosecution for the state.