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Not guilty, says jury in theft case

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By Becky Barnes

A Harrison County man was found not guilty of multiple charges relating to a burglary in a jury trial on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Catesby Bramel entered not guilty pleas on Oct. 16 to charges stemming from a May 20 break-in at Steve and Lori Wards property.

Bramel had been charged with first degree burglary, second degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking (firearm), theft by unlawful taking (building) and persistent felony offender. The jury found Bramel not guilty on all counts.

Bramel was the last of four individuals charged in the May 20 incident to appear in court.

Kenneth Reed Wilson was charged with theft by unlawful taking, complicity to commit theft second degree, complicity to commit theft by unlawful taking over $300 (building). He was sentenced on Oct. 22 to six years in prison following a guilty plea to the charges.

Casey Hatfield entered a guilty plea to his charges and was sentenced on Dec. 7. He was charged with third degree burglary, two counts of second degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking over $300 (three counts) and two counts of theft by unlawful taking (firearms).

Hatfield was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison to run concurrent with another case held in Harrison Circuit Court.

Jared Woods entered a guilty plea to receiving stolen property over $300. He was sentenced to a two-year diversion and is to pay restitution. His diversion will be supervised by Probation and Parole.