By JOSH NEWTON
A Tahlequah man was handed a 20-year sentence this week after pleading guilty to stealing a car, fleeing from police and burglarizing a home.
Michael Lee Quinnton Alverson, 32, was charged last August with first- and second-degree burglary, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and eluding or attempting to elude police.
Alverson will serve the first half of the sentence in the Department of Corrections, with the remaining 10 years suspended, for the first three charges. He received a one-year suspended sentence for eluding police, and was also given other fees and a $2,700 restitution to pay.
All sentences will run concurrently, court records show.
Alverson was accused of breaking into a garage and taking a 2005 Ford Mustang belonging to Veraman and Billie Davis.
Alverson was spotted driving the vehicle and led authorities on a three-mile pursuit. He then crashed the car and fled on foot. A passenger, Walter William Dill, also fled but was quickly captured, police said.
Alverson later broke into the home of Orville Shapley and stole a purse, hat and jacket before he was captured by police.
Alverson told police he had taken some of Veraman Davis’ tools – which had been stolen, along with the Mustang – to a home in Cherokee County, and left them on the porch. Days later, investigators recovered the tools.
Court records show Dill, 25, was not charged in the case, though he was charged in September for an unrelated case of larceny of merchandise from a retailer. Court records show a bench warrant was issued for Dill in late November after he failed to appear in court. Bond for that matter was set at $4,000 on Wednesday.