38-year-old Mark Wayne Day Jr., of Nebo, will serve a minimum of seven years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple offenses and admitting his habitual felon status during Burke County Superior Court on Tuesday (February 14).
Day pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possessing a vehicle with an altered serial number and obstruction of justice. The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, sentenced Day to an active prison term of seven to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Day’s admission to habitual felon status enhanced his prison sentence. He had prior felony convictions for maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance in Burke County (December 1997), larceny of motor vehicle in Burke County (November 2008) and altering serial numbers in Burke County (August 2013).
During a search of a house leased by the defendant on November 4, 2015, deputies found a stolen motorcycle that had its identification number altered. Three grams of methamphetamine also were found under a mattress in the bedroom during the search.
Jared Ball and Stephen Ritchie investigated the case for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecution was handled by Frank Webster of the District Attorney’s Office.