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Marion Man Sentenced to Prison for Accessory to Attempted Murder

Advisory: Marion Man Sentenced to Prison for Accessory to Attempted Murder


On August 22nd, 41-year-old David Steven Hylemon of Marion pled guilty in McDowell County Superior Court to Accessory After the Fact to Attempted Murder. He was given an active sentence of 44 to 65 months in the NC Department of Adult Corrections.

On February 22, 2021, Deputy Adam Burnette with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a Jeep driven by Hylemon. Carlton James Adam, a passenger in the Jeep, fired a shotgun at Deputy Burnette, while he was speaking Hylemon. Hylemon and Adams fled in the Jeep and crashed a short distance away. Deputy Burnette located Adams who was still armed with the shotgun. Adams was subsequently shot by Deputy Burnette and pronounced dead at the scene.  Hylemon was found hiding in a ditch and taken into custody. Deputy Burnette sustained minor injuries to his face and eyes from the shotgun blast.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation regarding the officer involved shooting. They presented their findings to District Attorney Ted Bell, who determined Deputy Burnette was justified in his use of deadly force. The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office investigated the assault and attempted murder of Deputy Burnette and subsequently charged Hylemon.