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'Clyde' sentenced for role in crime spree

April 30, 2012

A Georgia man pled guilty to dozens of charges Monday related to a 2011 crime spree that many locals refer to as the “Bonnie and Clyde” incident.  

Michael Bagwell, 35, was laughing as he shuffled into a Catawba County courtroom to face assault, kidnapping and larceny charges from a little more than one year ago. He cried later on, as his lawyer defended the dozens of charges against him.

In the end, he showed little emotion when he was sentenced to about 14-20 years in prison.

Bagwell is half of a Georgia duo that sent police swirling a year ago during a large-scale car theft and home invasion crime spree through Sherrills Ford.
 
Most Catawba County residents may be more familiar with Bagwell and his accomplice, Michelle Dayton, 35, as the local “Bonnie and Clyde,” after Sheriff Coy Reid compared the duo to the famous robbers of the 1930s.

To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

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