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Second suspect in El Sombrero burlary arraigned

Samuel Clark charged with three felonies

Posted: March 31, 2011 - 9:52pm

Samuel R. Clark, 21, was arraigned in Juneau Superior Court before judge Keith Levy on Thursday on two charges of theft in the second degree and one charge of burglary in the second degree, all class C felonies, and a charge of theft in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor.

The theft charges involve the theft of firearms. The burglary charge are connected to a safe stolen from El Sombrero restaurant. A class C felony carries a maximum of up to five years in jail and a $50,000 fine; an A misdemeanor carries a one year maximum and $10,000 fine.

District Attorney Dave Brower asked for a $1,000 unsecured appearance bond that Levy granted, meaning Clark is not incarcerated but must attend each court hearing.

Clark is to have no contact with Drew Carey, who was convicted recently for his part in the crimes, and other individuals involved in the charges. He also may not leave the City and Borough of Juneau.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 20. Clark was appointed counsel from the Office of Public Advocacy.

Cary, 21, was sentenced Feb. 23 for multiple thefts and burglaries including the El Sombrero restaurant break-in. Cary was given 56 months, 36 suspended and 20 to serve and must pay restitution to victims before his probation is finished or face the additional three years behind bars. At that sentencing Judge Patricia Collins stated that if others involved in the burglaries are charged they will be responsible for the restitution as well.

Cary admitted to the crimes and said, “I spent the money right away on drugs. I use oxycontin and marijuana and I am trying to get off the stuff. I thought I had control of my drug habit, but I am learning that my drug habit has control of me.”

When contacted inside Lemon Creek Correctional Center later, Cary stated he is hoping that Juneau could forgive his actions.

“I deeply regret what I have done,” Cary said. “I hope to make amends to my family and to my victims. There is a serious drug problem in Juneau, but it was my actions that have me here. I will make this right.”

Also in court James M Dillon, 64, was arraigned for theft 2, a class C felony, for knowingly receiving stolen merchandise and was also told not to have contact with Cary.

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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