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Man connected to South Carthage murder case jailed

By Eddie West

Staff Writer

A man who pled guilty to charges connected to an April, 2019, South Carthage murder case is back in jail.

In October of 2021, James Michael Burns, 48, Cross Plains, pled guilty to aggravated burglary and accessory after the fact, according to court records.

Burns received a six-year sentence for the aggravated burglary charge and a two-year sentence for the accessory after the fact guilty plea, according to court records.

After serving a portion of the sentence, Burns was released from jail and placed on probation, requiring him to a periodically report to a probation officer.

In the latest incident, Burns “allegedly tested positive to methamphetamine” after reporting to his probation officer, according to Fifteenth Judicial District Assistant District Attorney Jack Bare.


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