Kamau Jarek Clark, 20, of Shelby, was sentenced to an active prison term of five to seven years for his involvement in a pair of robberies in Catawba and Burke counties.
Clark pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon during Burke County Superior Court on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, as well as two counts of second-degree kidnapping.
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed the active sentence for Clark on the robberies along with a pair of suspended sentences of 27 to 45 months each for the kidnapping charges that will be served consecutively if he violates terms of his probation.
The defendant will serve his period of incarceration in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
One of the robberies took place in Newton on June 12, 2019, and the other occurred in Morganton a day later.
In both instances, Clark and the co-defendant(s) held employees of two businesses at gunpoint and robbed them of cash, from the business as well as the individuals.
The co-defendant(s) have pending matters in court and are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
Nicole Lineberger investigated the case in Catawba County for Newton Police Department, and Donnie Dellinger handled the Burke County case for the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Assistant District Attorneys Sean Baetjer and Jonathan Greer handled prosecution for the State.
CONTACT: Nathan Key