2 men sentenced in connection with home burglaries and thefts

Two young men arrested in connection with a Columbia County burglary committed while children were home alone pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Assistant District Attorney Falin Syms said Dominique T. Clark, 21, and Cordell H. Wallace, 20, were arrested in connection with the Aug. 1, 2012, home invasion in which a 10-year-old boy and his 12-year-old sister hid in a closet after hearing someone break into their Pleasant Home Road home. Neither child could identify the one man they saw during the crime, but Wallace’s fingerprint was found in the home, Syms said.

Wallace’s statement to investigators implicated himself and Clark in the break-in, and Wallace confessed to committing three other break-ins that occurred in Columbia and Richmond counties. However, Syms said, Wallace has since recanted, and then changed his story again. The only evidence against Clark is a weapon found in his bedroom that was stolen in another burglary, she said.

Clark, who has been in custody for the past year, pleaded guilty to one count of theft. With credit for time served, Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. imposed an additional seven years on probation. Wallace pleaded guilty to one count of burglary for the Aug. 1, 2012, break-in, and also to three additional burglaries. The judge sentenced Wallace to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation. Both men pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court.