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Mitchell man gets eight years for February burglary

The Davison County Public Safety Center serves as the home for county lockup. (Matt Gade/Republic)

A Mitchell man will spend eight years in prison for breaking into a house in February.

Dashawn Cox, 23, of Mitchell, was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to 18 years in the state penitentiary with 10 years suspended and credit for 73 days served in jail after pleading guilty on March 26 to first-degree burglary.

Cox was arrested Feb. 16 for breaking into the residence in the 300 block of West Fifth Avenue. At about 11:40 p.m., Mitchell police arrived at the scene and found Cox walking in the area, then followed him about two blocks north, where he was found underneath a vehicle. He then ran and resisted officers' multiple attempts to take him into custody.

According to documents filed after Cox's arrest, a coin purse stolen from the residence was found on Cox, and three stolen shotguns were found in a nearby dumpster. At the time of his arrest, Cox was on parole for a 2014 aggravated assault conviction out of Brookings County.

Judge Chris Giles described the incident as a random act of violence in which Cox was trying to get money for drugs.

In addition to his prison sentence, Cox was ordered to pay $106.50 in court costs and to repay court-appointed attorney's fees.