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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Boones Mill man faces up to 70 years
Sentencing is set for April 9 in Franklin County Circuit Court
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Michael Divers Jr.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Boones Mill man faces up to 70 years in prison after being found guilty of two grand larceny charges, breaking and entering, destruction of property and failure to appear in court.

Michael Lee Divers Jr., 19, pleaded guilty Friday in Franklin County Circuit Court to the failure to appear in court charge.

Also in court Friday, Divers was found not guilty of the theft of an ATV during a trial.

The prosecution alleged that Divers stole the ATV from a residence in Hardy. But the evidence presented in court was deemed insufficient for a conviction because it did not meet the beyond reasonable doubt level, according to Judge W.N. Alexander II.

All told, Divers has been convicted of two counts of grand larceny, one breaking and entering, one possession of marijuana, one destruction of property and one failure to appear in court charge.

The failure to appear in court charge to which Divers pleaded guilty stems from his failing to appear in court on Jan. 12, where he was to be tried on a grand larceny charge. Divers had been tried on all the other charges, but did not return to court on Jan. 12 to be tried on an additional charge following a lunch break.

A conviction of grand larceny charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, as does breaking and entering.

Destruction of property with a value of $1,000 or more carries a maximum sentence of five years, and failure to appear in court on a felony charge also carries a sentence of five years.

A presentence report on Divers was ordered by the court. He will be sentenced on April 9.

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