AUGUSTA — A city man was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to two counts of failing to register as a sex offender and one count of burglary.

Christopher A. Bell, 28, failed to register on Oct. 5 and between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3, both in Augusta.

He had three previous convictions for failure to comply with a sex offender registration act between Oct. 12, 2007, and Oct. 2.

Bell was arrested March 25 on Mill Street in Augusta after he was reported entering an abandoned building with two other men.

The three were later seen emerging from the building carrying what appeared to be an iron radiator, according to an affidavit filed by Augusta Police Officer Nathan Walker.

Walker said the men said they were “picking up the yard” in the dark, but had only a small flashlight with them.

Bell had been held since he was arrested that day.

Bell was represented by attorney Andrew Dawson. Assistant District Attorney Joelle Pratt prosecuted the case.


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