Man sentenced to almost 18 years in theft of WWI guns - FOX Carolina 21

Man sentenced to almost 18 years in theft of WWI guns

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Karl Lane (Solicitor's Office) Karl Lane (Solicitor's Office)

A Pickens County man was sentenced Monday to almost 18 years in prison by a jury on first-degree burglary charge.

Solicitor Walt Wilkins said Karl Lane, 23, of Six Mile, was convicted by a jury and sentenced to 215 months in prison.

Prosecutors presented evidence that showed Lane entered a Liberty residence on April 21, 2011 and stole some of the victim's firearms from a gun safe. They said some of the weapons were family heirlooms used in World War I and II.

A neighbor saw the suspect's vehicle in the driveway and deputies said Lane dropped his application card for unemployment benefits inside the victim's car, according to Wilkins.

Deputies said they were able to trace the card to Lane's address and he told them that he not only drove the vehicle the day of the incident, but that he had also been by the unemployment office the same day.

Prosecutors said Lane will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

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