Man sentenced in Best Buy burglary

Varnes-Appling sentenced to 70 years in prison

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man who tried to burglarize a Best Buy was sentenced to 70 years in prison on Wednesday.

Demarco Varnes-Appling pleaded guilty to one count of burglary causing damages in excess of $1,000, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement officer, and grand theft auto.

According to court documents, Varnes-Appling, 22, used a stolen van to try and break into the Best Buy at 9355 Atlantic Blvd. in July 2011.

Police said Varnes-Appling then tried to ram two police cars before hitting a third.

Varnes-Appling has seven additional burglary cases pending.

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