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McDowell County Sheriff's Office
Monday May 2nd, 2022 :: 02:02 p.m. EDT


Jury Convicts Marion Man of First-Degree Murder

On April 22nd, a McDowell County Jury convicted 51-year-old Walter Sidney Mitchell of Marion with First-Degree Murder in McDowell County Superior Court.  He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

In July of 2018, Detectives with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Mitchell for the murder of Matthew Glenn Pressley of Nebo.  Assistant District Attorney Kent Brown prosecuted the case on behalf of the state.

“This was another great collaborative effort between agencies for a successful prosecution.  I want to thank our detectives that worked diligently on this case along with members of the NC State Bureau of Investigation.  I also want to thank the District Attorney’s Office for their guidance, assistance and successful prosecution of this case” stated Sheriff Ricky Buchanan.

McDowell County Sheriff's Office
593 Spaulding Rd
Marion, NC 28752

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