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Career thief sent to prison for 15 years
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A man will see his burglarizing days come to an end for the next 15 years after the court threw the book at him, sentencing him as a persistent offender for his latest round of thefts and break-ins.

The man, William Edward Frazier, 48, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to multiple charges of theft, burglary and grand theft. He was directed by the court to serve 15 years in the state penitentiary.

He was sentenced as a range-three offender, meaning he will have to serve at least 40 percent of his sentence before first chance of parole. The persistent offender statute is for persons who have committed multiple prior felonies. It allows the court to give them longer sentences and keep them in jail longer by denying parole for a longer period.

Frazier’s 15-year sentence comes for a mixture of burglaries and thefts. The thefts include shoplifting incidents at Walmart, where he must make just over $200 restitution to the retailer for items he was caught stealing.

In the case of burglaries, court records show he broke into homes in September and October of last year, stealing numerous items.

“He did exercise control over several items including knives, a Matthews Creed XS bow, a cedar box with numerous pieces of jewelry, and a pistol safe containing good and lawful currency of the value of $2,500 or more,” the indictment for the September burglary reads.

“He did knowingly obtain control over nine long guns, one pistol and multiple pieces of jewelry and a blue pillow case of value $2,500 or more,” the indictment for the October burglary reads.