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Darrell Dewayne Carter

A 47-year-old man's past caught up with him Thursday as he received an 80-year prison sentence for burglary and other charges.

A jury convicted Darrell Dewayne Carter last month in a May 3 burglary at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory that injured another person.

In that case, Carter was found in the conservatory by a police detective and police captain who were called to there due to an alarm.

The detective pointed his gun at Carter, and the two struggled over it. When the captain came to the detective's assistance, he tore a tendon in a finger on his left hand, court documents said.

Along with burglary, the jury also convicted Carter of disarming a law enforcement officer and resisting law enforcement. They also found him to be a habitual offender because of his extensive criminal past, which includes 21 misdemeanor and 10 felony convictions.

At his sentencing, Carter was given 50 years in prison for the burglary.

The habitual offender status enhanced Carter's sentence by an additional 30 years, according to court documents.