Habitual Felon Status Adds Time To Man’s Sentence Length

Javon Dooley, 40, of Hickory, will serve an active prison sentence of six to nine years following his conviction for breaking and entering with admission of habitual felon status during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, June 12, 2023.

The Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the terms of the plea arrangement after Dooley entered his guilty plea.

His sentence length was enhanced by his habitual felon status that included prior convictions for possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine in Catawba County (December 2011), attempted common law robbery in Mecklenburg County (December 2005), and felony breaking/entering in Mecklenburg County (June 2003).

The defendant will serve his period of incarceration in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

On September 17, 2021, officers from Hickory Police Department responded to a call for a breaking and entering in progress at a business. Officer Richard Bortnick went to the rear of the building where he observed the defendant exiting through a back door.

When he caught sight of officers, Dooley fled the scene and attempted to scale a chain link fence before he was apprehended. His backpack was found near the rear door of the business along with a screwdriver.

The case was investigated by Richard Bortnick of Hickory Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Howard Wellons handled prosecution for the State with assistance from Legal Assistant Meredith Scott.