Jason Dean Alexander, 36, of North Wilkesboro, pleaded guilty by Alford decision to obtaining property by false pretenses and conspiring to obtain property by false pretenses. With an Alford please, the defendant maintains his innocence, but acknowledges the evidence is such that a judge or jury is likely to return a finding of guilty.
According to bills of indictment associated with the case, Alexander and co-defendants stole or helped steal items from the Walmart in Elkin, and then returned the stolen items for gift cards.
Alexander was given an active sentence of 13-25 months for each felony to run consecutively. He was ordered not to return to Walmart, and to pay $1,289.50 in restitution, including $213.97 to Walmart.
Dean John Alberson, 47, of Ashburn Drive, Mount Airy, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon. He was sentenced to nine to 20 months of supervised probation and $943 in costs and restitution.
Jeremy Franklin Collins, 28, of Park Drive, Mount Airy, pleaded guilty to resisting a public officer, giving fictitious information to an officer, and soliciting alms/begging for money.
Brianna Lee Fink, 20, of Polar Springs Road, Elkin, entered an Alford plea to charges of breaking and entering, and received an active sentence of 8 to 19 months. Costs and fees were set at $339.50.
Thomas Matthew Shelton, 31, of Eagles Nest Trail, Lowgap, pleaded guilty to felony larceny, and entered an Alford plea to misdemeanor larceny and two counts of possessing stolen goods or property. Shelton was sentenced with 30 months supervised probation, and ordered to pay $1,029.50 in costs and $2,831.85 in restitution. Remaining gainfully employed was made a condition of probation.
Bernie Lee Simmons, 46, of Reely Cook Road, Dobson, pleaded guilty to obtaining property by false pretenses and was given an intermediate sentence of 11 to 23 months as well as 24 months of supervised probation. Gainful employment was made a condition of probation.
Portia Goss Felts, 39, of Spaugh Street, Mount Airy, pleaded guilty to two counts of selling or delivering a schedule IV controlled substance, and guilty of a lesser charge of attempted trafficking opium or heroin. Felts was sentenced to 28 months supervised probation and ordered to comply with a mental health and substance abuse evaluation.
Amanda Cave Toney, 34, of Windy Lane, Dobson, pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, felony possession of cocaine, possessing drug paraphernalia, felony larceny and safe-cracking. She was sentenced with 28 months of supervised probation.