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Jan 18, 2013 3:54 PM

Pulaski County Man Pleads Guilty To Organized Crime As Part Of Project Shop-Loss

Pulaski County Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy F. Montgomery announced Friday that a Pulaski County man has pled guilty to charges prosecuted through Project Shop-Loss

Shannon Dale Williamson, 35, of Somerset entered pleas of guilty to Organized Crime (Retail Merchandise) and Second-Degree Persistent Felony Offender at a hearing Friday in Pulaski Circuit Court. According to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney David L. Dalton, Williamson was indicted for allegations that he and another person were engaged in the shoplifting of items from Somerset K-Mart over a month's period in 2012. Those items were then sold to local pawnshops. The Somerset Police Department linked Williamson to both the theft and the resell of the items.

This month, Montgomery and Martin Hatfield, Pulaski County Attorney, launched Project Shop-Loss to combat the ills caused by professional and pervasive shoplifting. "This case is a prime example of how shoplifters turn stolen items into easy money", Montgomery said. "I'm pleased that our partnership with the local merchants and law enforcement is already yielding results", Montgomery noted.

Dalton stated he would recommend 10 years in prison for Williamson's convictions for Organized Crime and Persistent Felony Offender. "This conviction was made possible by the hard work of K-Mart's loss prevention as well as the dedication of the Somerset Police Department. I believe this is a great start to our program."

Dalton noted that Judge Tapp set final sentencing for March 1, 2013.

Montgomery thanked the Pulaski County Attorney's Office for their continued partnership in this effort against retail theft.

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