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Charges reduced in Henry County break-in case

By Paul Collins

June 21, 2017

COLLINSVILLE-Shana Porter Christley was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison, but she'll spend less than half a year behind bars.

In Henry County Circuit Court, Judge David Williams sentenced Christley, 41, of Eden, North Carolina, after she pleaded guilty to multiple charges. As the result of a deal with the prosecution, Christley pleaded guilty to three counts of misdemeanor accessory after the fact to statutory burglary (reduced from felonious breaking and entering), and one count each of petit larceny-second offense, grand larceny and grand larceny of a firearm. The prosecution dropped an additional charge of grand larceny against Christley.

Assistant Public Defender Ashi Mehrotra said Christley committed the offenses under a certain amount of distress and was under the control of the co-defendant. When given an opportunity to speak, Christley apologized for her actions and said she feared for her life.

The co-defendant, Billy Douglas Dillon of Stuart, pleaded guilty recently in Henry County Circuit Court to three counts of breaking and entering, two counts of grand larceny, one count of grand larceny of a firearm and one count of third-offense petit larceny. Judge Williams recently sentenced Dillon to a total of 65 years in prison, with five years to serve and 60 years suspended on certain conditions.

The prosecution claimed that on Nov. 30, 2015, two deputies were called out to a rental property in the 2500 block of Old Leaksville Road. The property owner had called in, saying there shouldn't be a light inside because the renter was in jail.

The deputies walked to the front door and saw the front door knob was broken and the door jam had been busted. The house was in disarray and apparently had been trashed by someone. The property owner arrived and advised the home was not in that condition the last time she was there. She was unable to say whether anything was missing.

On Nov. 28, 2015, a deputy had noticed a black four-door Audi sitting backed up next to that rental home but he did not notice anything else suspicious at that time.

On Nov. 30, 2015, another person reported that when she returned to her home in the 1700 block of Stoney Mountain Road, her carport door was open. When she entered the home, she saw it had been ransacked and she discovered that a Dell laptop computer, flat-screen monitor, Samsung Galaxy Tablet, brown leather jacket, various shoes and various costume jewelry were missing. At that time, the total value of the items was $1,250.

On Nov. 30, 2015, Shana Christley pawned a gold necklace with a cross and a figure of Jesus on it at Eden Jewelry in Eden, North Carolina. The property owner identified the necklace as belonging to her.

Also on Nov. 30, 2015, an investigator with the Henry County Sheriff's Office responded to a home in the 3400 block of Axton Road, regarding a breaking and entering. The resident reported that sometime during the day someone had broken into her home and stolen some of her belongings. A flat-screen TV, Xbox 360, women's boots, a pocketbook and a 12-gauge New England shotgun were missing.

There was a footprint on the door leading from the carport into the kitchen as if it had been kicked in and the casing of that door had visible damage.

A sheriff's investigator checked LeadsOnline (an online investigation system) and found that Christley pawned a New England brand shotgun to Quick Cash in Eden, North Carolina. The owner of the shotgun identified it as the one that was stolen from her home.

On Dec. 1, 2015, the Henry County Sheriff's Office was involved in a pursuit with a stolen black four-door Audi. The pursuit ended in a crash in Eden. Billy Dillon, the driver of that car, and Christley, the passenger, were transported to the hospital with severe injuries.

A sheriff's investigator participated in a search of the vehicle and found a Christmas ornament box that had the renter's name on it from the home in the 2500 block of Old Leaksville Road. The investigator also found a Dell computer and monitor and costume jewelry belonging to the owner of the home in the 1700 block of Stoney Mountain Road and a pill bottle belonging to her daughter.

Judge Williams sentenced Christley to a total of 20 years in prison and 48 months in jail, with three months in jail to serve and the balance of the incarceration time suspended on conditions including supervised probation, good behavior and, between her and a co-defendant, payment of a total of $4,306.07 in restitution.

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