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Kingsport man pleads guilty in Gate City break-ins

October 25th, 2013 10:11 pm by Wes Bunch

Kingsport man pleads guilty in  Gate City break-ins

Johnny Darrell Gray

GATE CITY — A Kingsport man pleaded guilty Friday in Scott County Circuit Court to nine burglary-related counts stemming from a pair of August 2012 break-ins in the Gate City area.

Johnny Darrell Gray, 41, of Kingsport, pleaded guilty to three counts of grand larceny, three counts of breaking and entering and three counts of possession of burglary tools.

The charges against Gray are connected with two burglaries that occurred on Aug. 5 and Aug. 6, 2012, at two separate residences in Gate City.

According to the Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Gray and a co-defendant were responsible for taking numerous tools from both properties, as well as a collection of Matchbox toy cars valued at several hundred dollars from one of the homes.

Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marcus McClung said Gray was arrested following the Aug. 6 burglary. Gray was held at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield.

A Scott County Sheriff’s Office deputy reportedly tried to pull over a vehicle Gray was traveling in shortly after the second break-in, but McClung said Gray drove across the state line into Kingsport, where he was arrested by authorities after stolen items were found in his vehicle.

Gray is scheduled to be sentenced in Circuit Court on Jan. 27.

Gray’s co-defendant in the case, Jimmy Lee Gray, of Kingsport, has a jury trial scheduled to begin Dec. 12, in Scott County Circuit Court.

Jimmy Lee Gray is facing two counts of grand larceny and a single count each of felony eluding police, breaking and entering and possession of burglary tools.

In other court business, Mickey Allen Nelms, of Pennington Gap, was given a three-year prison sentence with two years suspended after pleading guilty Friday to being a felony habitual offender of DUI laws.

Nelms was previously convicted of a misdemeanor count of being a habitual offender.

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