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Maleke King sentenced on burglary, assault charge

maleke_kingAn Elizabethtown man could spend almost 7 1/2 years in prison after agreeing to a plea arraignment Tuesday on charges of first degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

Maleke Tyeri King, 22, of the 200 block of Sholar Road, was sentenced to a minimum of 64 months and a maximum of 89 months in prison during a session in Bladen County Superior Court. Charges of attempted first degree murder and second degree kidnapping were dropped under the deal with the state.

The incident began Oct. 24, 2015, when King went to the home of James Junious Lesane of Land J Lane in Tar Heel to return his child to the child’s mother, Brittany Lesane, according to authorities. While at the home, King and James Lesane got into an argument. King then entered the home and assaulted James Lesane with his fists and a handgun, striking him in the head several times, Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker said at the time of King’s arrest.

According to James Lesane and witnesses, King pointed a gun at James Lesane and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire, McVicker said. King then left the residence.

King was arrested Oct. 27 without incident, authorities said.

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