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A Bladen County jury found James Aaron Briggs guilty of two counts of obtaining property by false pretense Tuesday in Bladen County Superior Court.

Briggs, 33, was sentenced as a habitual felon and received 72 months to 99 months in prison, according to court reports.

The case stemmed from a 2016 incident in which property that had been reported as stolen from a building in Bladenboro was located by law enforcement at a pawn shop in Bladen County, according to Assistant District Attorney Quintin McGee. Documents from the pawn shop indicated that the stolen property had been pawned in exchange for money by Briggs soon after the property owner had reported the items stolen.

Following an investigation by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Briggs was charged and taken into custody.

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