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Belknap Closer to Sentencing, Again

James Hayden Dare Belknap of Jewett appeared in Leon County District Court Thursday, January 25th, for a Motion to Change a Plea. Belknap changed his not guilty plea to 22 counts of Taking Wildlife Resources without Consent of the Landowner and 1 count of Burglary of a Habitation to guilty.

The Honorable District Judge Michael Davis ruled that Belknap will be sentenced at a future date after a pre-sentencing investigation is completed. The attorney for Belknap is Kelly Weeks. The state is represented by Assistant Leon County Attorney Keith Cook.

Belknap was originally arraigned on the Burglary charge and 29 counts of Taking Wildlife Resources without Consent of the Landowner in March of 2016. For most of the time since then, Belknap has been under strict house arrest and has been required to wear an ankle monitor. In May of 2017, Belknap changed his plea from not guilty to guilty. At that time a pre-sentencing investigation was ordered by the judge, but, before a date was set for the sentencing, Belknap rescinded his plea of guilty and changed back to not guilty again.

Now, with a court case pending, Belknap has changed his plea to guilty again and will be sentenced at a future date not yet determined.