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2nd suspect takes plea in ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ spree

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A Georgia woman will now follow her boyfriend to prison this month after she pleaded guilty just days after him in a Catawba County courtroom for her involvement in a crime spree and police chase last year in Sherrills Ford.
A judge sentenced Diana Michelle Dayton, 35, of 2079 Mill Landing Court in Lawrenceville, Ga., to 116 months to 151 months behind bars, the Catawba County Clerk of Court’s Office said.
Her convictions included robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted second-degree kidnapping, five counts of breaking and entering and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, among others.
Dayton’s boyfriend, Michael Neal Bagwell, 36, of 495 Rosehill Drive in McDonough, Ga., was sentenced to 170 to 244 months in prison for similar charges along with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
The couple was indicted on nearly 30 charges last April and placed under $1 million bonds. Numerous media outlets soon nicknamed them “Bonnie and Clyde.”
Catawba County officers originally chased the suspects’ vehicle from an area near N.C. 150 throughout parts of Sherrills Ford for more than an hour. During the chase, the couple broke into five different area residences, stealing vehicles and threatening those inside.
While no one was injured in the incidents, court documents showed that Bagwell attempted to kidnap a teen girl and assault another at one of the homes in addition to using a large steel bolt to threaten an area railroad worker in order to steal a vehicle.

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