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Mecklenburg courts convict 3 as habitual felons

Three of four men facing trial on habitual felon status were convicted in Mecklenburg County courts during the past week, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Two defendants entered guilty pleas and another was convicted in a jury trial.

A fourth man also was tried, but a judge declared a mistrial.

Michael Ramirez, 25, was convicted by a jury of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, and prosecutors say he entered a guilty plea on a habitual felon cxharge. He was sentenced to 38 to 58 months in prison.

Prosecutors say Ramirez’s earlier convictions include possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, larceny of a motor vehicle and common law robbery.

Freddie Massey, 50, was tried for three marijuana-related charges and being a habitual felon. Superior Court Judge Richard Boner declared a mistrial after a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

The District Attorney’s Office said Jonquil Thompson, 26, was sentenced to 78 to 106 months in prison after pleading guilty to fleeing to elude arrest, DWI and habitual felon status. And prosecutors said Keith Thomas, 31, was sentenced to 24 to 41 months in prison after entering a guilty plea to two counts of delivering marijuana and habitual felon status.

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