Marshall Sentenced in AK-47 Theft Case

CLEARFIELD, Pa. – A Clearfield man accused of stealing an AK-47 by putting it in his pants was sentenced in Clearfield County Court.

Douglas C. Marshall Jr., 31, of Clearfield pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft by unlawful taking before Judge Paul E. Cherry.

He was sentenced to 12 months less one day to two years less one day in the county jail and three years consecutive probation.

He was fined $500 plus costs. Due to the felony charge he must submit to DNA testing at a cost of $250. Cherry also ordered him to complete 100 hours of community service.

The charges stem from an incident at Bob’s Army & Navy in Clearfield on Sept. 15 when Amy Marie Welker, 33, Clearfield and Marshall were seen in the store before the weapon went missing.

Prior to sentencing, Ryan Sayers, attorney for Marshall, asked Cherry to give Marshall a county sentence because he cooperated in the investigation. Marshall was willing to testify against Welker if necessary. She pleaded guilty in November in this case.

Sayers noted that Welker had a lengthy prior record and she was the focus of the investigation. He also stated that Marshall has a 4-year-old son and if he was in the county jail, he would be able to see him.

Cherry stated that Marshall was not thinking about his son when he committed this crime.

“Using the ‘I have a child’ card, does not sit well with this court,” Cherry said.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, police were contacted regarding the missing rifle. Surveillance video showed the couple in the store with a child.

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