The Transylvania Times -

By Kevin Fuller
Staff Writer 

Jury Finds Man Guilty Of Break-Ins - Brevard NC

 

Alfred F. Worley

A Transylvania County jury last week found 57-year-old Alfred F. Worley guilty of several felonies, including breaking into several dwellings and the larceny of items, as well as being in possession of a firearm as a felon.

Superior Court Judge Mark E. Powell sentenced Worley to a minimum of 17 months and a maximum of 30 months for possession of a firearm by a felon. He also sentenced Worley to a minimum of 29 months and a maximum of 47 months for felony breaking and entering, which will run consecutively from the first sentence. Worley was also sentenced to another minimum of 29 months and maximum of 47 months for another felony breaking and entering guilty verdict, which will run concurrently with the other breaking and entering sentence.

Powell additionally sentenced Worley to a minimum of 10 months and maximum of 21 months for remaining felony larceny charges, which will also run consecutively from the other sentences.

It took 12 jurors a little over an hour to reach the verdicts.

The prosecution tried to prove Worley broke into a trailer at Adventure Cabins in Brevard and stole items sometime between Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, 2014. They also said Worley broke into a pole barn in the area shortly after and stole trolling motors used on boats.

"This is someone - from the evidence we've seen - who has a problem frightening people, going into houses and taking things," Shaffer said.

Worley had been renting a cabin on the property. Investigators eventually found the items that were stolen, which also included a horse saddle, when executing a search warrant at the cabin Worley rented.

Assistant District Attorney Nikkie Shaffer said during closing arguments on Friday that investigators found tire tracks matching Worley's truck at the scene of where the pole barn was broken into.

Investigators also found a busted fence post and eventually found damage to Worley's truck, putting him at the scene of the crime.

Worley's defense attorney, Brian Stretcher, argued that there was no proof Worley stole the evidence, claiming there were no fingerprints found at the scene.

"There's no evidence that Mr. Worley stole these items," Stretcher said.

When Worley was arrested, investigators found a loaded pistol in his possession. He had a prior felony conviction in 1991.

Worley was given 470 days of pretrial confinement credit. He has been in custody since Jan. 8, 2015.

"He's been a problem in this community," Shaffer said.

Before closing arguments, Stretcher made a motion to withdraw as Worley's defense, stating he could not work with his client anymore.

Worley also spoke and requested Stretcher be removed as his attorney because he had spoken with another client about the case. Powell denied the motion. Stretcher did give notice of appeal for the case to the court after sentencing.

 
 

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