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HEROIN DEALER PLEADS GUILTY IN MIDDLE OF TRIAL, SENT TO PRISON FOR 11 TO 15 YEARS

BEAUFORT –- District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that JAMES DARON MOORE, 31, of Bridgeton, changed his plea in the middle of his jury trial yesterday, and was sentenced to a lengthy prison term. Resident Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided over this trial, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorneys David Spence and Ashley Eatmon. Moore originally entered a not guilty plea, and a jury was selected on Monday, April 9, and the State began its presentation of the evidence in the case. When the court took its lunch breach at 12:30 on Tuesday, the State was sti…

METH TRAFFICKER SENT TO PRISON

BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Pamlico Superior Court yesterday, JOEL PADILLA-GALVES, 49, who resided in Minnesott Beach, was convicted of trafficking in methamphetamine and was sent to prison for 70 to 93 months. The charge resulted from a joint operation conducted by the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. The investigators conducted two controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Padilla-Galves in a shopping center parking lot in Grantsboro. Police th…

CARTERET DRUG CASES END WITH PRISON SENTENCES

BEAUFORT – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following drug case convictions and resulting prison sentences obtained by his office in Carteret County Superior Court: DANIEL FOLEY NYBERG, 30, of New Bern, was sentenced to an active prison term of 117-171 months and a fine of $50,000 for his role in the break-in and theft of thousands of pills, mostly opiates, from the K-Mart on Arendell St. in Morehead City on June 19, 2017. An alarm at the business came in at 11:14 p.m. When Morehead City Police officers responded, they found a white GMC Sierra truck behind the store with the lights…

SUPERIOR COURT CONVICTIONS LEAD TO PRISON SENTENCES

NEW BERN –- District Attorney Scott Thomas announced several convictions obtained by his office in Craven County Superior Court Thursday, which included the following cases. In these matters, Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert McAfee. ROBERT NIQUAN BRYANT, 18, of New Bern, pleaded guilty to First Degree Burglary, and Larceny of a Firearm, for a nighttime home break-in occurring in April, 2017. Bryant, along with three co-defendants (two of whom were juveniles at the time), broke into the townhouse re…

Pamlico County drug dealer gets 11-plus years, $100,000 fine

BAYBORO – A drug dealer in Pamlico County has been sentenced to prison for 11 ½ to 15 ½ years. On Tuesday, District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that Gregory Joseph Petronis, 33, of New Bern, has been convicted in Pamlico County Superior Court of several heroin trafficking offenses. Assistant District Attorneys Christy Hawkins and Chekesha Hukins prosecuted the caseS, while Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over the session. Investigators with the Pamlico Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conducted several underco…

Pamlico County drug dealer gets 11-plus years, $100,000 fine

BAYBORO – A drug dealer in Pamlico County has been sentenced to prison for 11 ½ to 15 ½ years. On Tuesday, District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that Gregory Joseph Petronis, 33, of New Bern, has been convicted in Pamlico County Superior Court of several heroin trafficking offenses. Assistant District Attorneys Christy Hawkins and Chekesha Hukins prosecuted the caseS, while Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over the session. Investigators with the Pamlico Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conducted several underco…

Court says GOP-controlled General Assembly wrong to limit Democrats in Congress to just three seats

Voters still decide, but too many Democrats in 1st, 4th and 12th dilutes voting impact elsewhere! By Kari Travis | Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Court intervention in congressional redistricting has some lawmakers wondering whether judges are gaveling their way into legislative territory. On Jan. 9, a panel of three federal judges blocked North Carolina from using its current map during congressional elections. The map, GOP redistricting leaders admitted, was designed to give Republicans an advantage in 10 out of the state’s 13 U.S. House districts. The consolidated…

SUPERIOR COURT CONVICTIONS LEAD TO PRISON SENTENCES

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced a series of convictions obtained by his office in Craven County Superior Court Wednesday, which included the following cases. In these matters, Superior Court Judge Imelda Pate presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert McAfee. NIGEL BRYANT GRADY, 20, of New Bern, was convicted upon his guilty plea to two (2) counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, two (2) counts of Second Degree Kidnaping, and one count of Malicious Conduct by a Prisoner. The armed robberies occurred in December, 2016, an…

HEROIN DEALER CONVICTED, SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR 49 ½ TO 62 ½ YEARS

MICHAEL EUGENE BRADLEY New Bern, North Carolina — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, MICHAEL EUGENE BRADLEY, 38, of Havelock, was convicted by a jury, and sentenced to prison for 49 ½ to 62 ½ years. The cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins, and Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over the trial. Havelock Police narcotics investigator James Henderson, with the assistance of the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and the Morehead City Police Department, executed a s…

CONVICTION IN SEX OFFENSES AGAINST A CHILD

New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court, during the last court session, his office obtained convictions against GARRETT RITSON YOUNG, 36, of Jacksonville, leading to a lengthy prison sentence. The cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Laura Bell, and investigated by the Craven County Sheriff’s Office. The evidence showed that Young engaged in sexual activity with a 15-year-old victim. Young lived and worked in Jacksonville at the time; however, the investigation revealed the victim lived…
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