A Cherokee County convicted felon who stole a vehicle after breaking into the victim’s home and firing shots at him has pleaded guilty to 10 criminal charges.District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said that Jason William Burrell, 42, admitted Feb. 21 in Cherokee County Superior Court to: • Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. • Breaking/entering. • Larceny of motor vehicle. • Robbery with dangerous weapon. • Possession stolen motor vehicle. • Larceny of motor vehicle. • Flee/elude. • Possession methamphetamine. • Maintain vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance. • Possess firearm by felon.Chief Resident Superior Court Judge Bill Coward sentenced Burrell to serve in Division of Adult Correction a minimum total of 131 months and a maximum total of 182 months. On Jan. 19, 2020, Burrell sneaked onto the victim’s property on Cook Bridge Road and opened the trunk of his car. As the victim, who was inside his home, walked toward the front door with a flashlight, Burrell opened the door to the house and entered the house. The victim fled into the kitchen, then the bedroom. Wielding a handgun, Burrell fired multiple shots. The victim flung his flashlight at Burrell, who ran out of the house and sped away in the victim’s car. On Jan. 21, 2020, Burrell entered the Quick Pantry in Marble, holding the cashier at gunpoint and demanding money. The next day, a deputy spotted the stolen car in Andrews. Officers chased it, arresting Burrell after he wrecked the vehicle on Junaluska Road. In the car, officers found a Taurus .38-caliber Special revolver, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Harris prosecuted the case.
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