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Burke man sentenced for larceny, biting police officer

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- Catawba County Detention Center
Joseph Lee Sheffield, 28, of Connelly Springs, was convicted of felony breaking and entering, larceny, and assaulting a police officer, according to prosecutors in Catawba County. (Catawba County Detention Center photo.)

A Burke County man who had been accused of biting a police officer during an arrest was sentenced this week to at least three years in prison, according to prosecutors.

Joseph Lee Sheffield, 28, of Connelly Springs, was sentenced after being convicted of felony breaking and entering, two counts of larceny and assault on a law enforcement officer, according to the District Attorney’s Office in Catawba County.

Prosecutors said the assault took place in September 2012, when Sheffield was being arrested by a Hickory police officer on an outstanding warrant. The breaking-and-entering and larceny charges stem from the alleged theft of items in May and September 2012 from a business in Long View, prosecutors said.

Sheffield was sentenced by Judge Eric Levinson to between 36 and 62 months in prison.

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