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Ashburn burglary suspect sentenced

Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 1:58 pm

A Bowling Green man accused of burglarizing an Ashburn home earlier this year pleaded guilty to his charges  last week before Judge Chris Kunza Mennemeyer.

Mark Helms, age 31, admitted last Thursday to burglary, theft, and unlawful possession of a firearm in the incident which took place Feb. 1. He was sentenced to terms of 10 years for count one (burglary) and five years on counts two (theft of a firearm), three (theft), and four (unlawful possession of a firearm). The counts were ordered to be served concurrent with each other.

A rural Ashburn resident reported the incident on Feb. 1 after being awakened when a burglar turned on a bedroom light.

Deputies found food missing from the victim’s refrigerator. Jewelry, money, a firearm, and other items also were taken.

Authorities said they arrested Helms as he walked through a field near the intersection of Highway 79 and Pike County Road 117 south of Ashburn.