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DA: Asheville man sentenced to 7 years after attaining 'habitual felon' status

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Keithan D. Whitmire (Source: Buncombe Co. District Attorney's Office) Keithan D. Whitmire (Source: Buncombe Co. District Attorney's Office)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

An Asheville man will spend at least 7 years behind bars after he was found guilty by a jury on multiple offenses, per officials.

According to a release from the Buncombe County District Attorney's Office, 34-year-old Keithan D. Whitmire was found guilty of identity theft, forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument and having attained the status of habitual felon. A person attains the status of habitual felon when he or she is convicted of three prior felony offenses in separate non-overlapping adjudications, prior to committing a fourth felony offense, the release explained.

The District Attorney said Whitmire was sentenced to a minimum of 7 years and a maximum of 113 months (9 years, 5 months) in a North Carolina prison.

Assistant District Attorney Pat Patton said Whitmire was charged after he cashed counterfeit checks in the name of a victim by using the victim's driver's license. The case was investigated by the Asheville Police Department, Buncombe County Sheriff's Department and Woodfin Police Department because at least one of the counterfeit checks was passed in each jurisdiction, said Patton.

Whitmire was previously convicted of more than 40 counts of forgery and uttering, possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance, assault on a government official and assault inflicting serious injury.

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