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BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following convictions and sentences obtained in Pamlico County Superior Court during last week’s term of court. Superior Court Judge Cy Grant presided over this term, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Christy Hawkins.

STANLEY EUGENE BOONE, 52, of Oriental, pled guilty to four counts of Sale of Methamphetamine. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office conducted a series of undercover controlled buys of methamphetamine from Boone using a confidential informant, and Boone sold meth on each of those four occasions. Judge Grant sentenced Boone to three consecutive 12 – 24 month sentences (i.e., 36 to 72 months total, or 3 to 6 years), followed by a suspended fourth sentence, so Boone will be on supervised probation after he gets out of prison, for a period of 30 months.


KENNETH GAILLARD, 48, of New Bern, pled guilty to one count of Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon. Gaillard was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic infraction by a Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office deputy. On the dashboard of the vehicle was a handgun, and neither the driver nor Gaillard would claim ownership of the firearm, so both were charged with possessing it. As it turns out, the firearm was previously reported as stolen. Gaillard, who has prior felony convictions, was prohibited by law from ever possessing a firearm. Judge Grant sentenced Gaillard to a prison term of 19 to 32 months. Gaillard also has pending charges in Craven County for trafficking in heroin, and those cases are set for the August term of court.

MICHAEL BERRY, 32, and HALEY ROSSI BERRY, 29, of Arapahoe and New Bern, entered guilty pleas in their cases, which arose on two separate dates. In the first case, both Michael and Haley Berry were in Wal-Mart when a shopper mistakenly dropped his wallet. Haley Berry picked it up and removed the cash in it, and used the cash to pay for items she picked out. She took the wallet and credit card inside, and she and Michael Berry threw it off a bridge on her way home. Both were identified by surveillance video. In the second case, Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office investigators conducted controlled purchases of suboxone strips that had been prescribed to Haley Berry. (Suboxone (buprenorphine) is a Schedule III controlled substance, and is used in the treatment of opioid addictions and withdrawal.) Michael Berry pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Schedule III Controlled Substance, and admitted that he was an habitual felon, having at least three prior felony convictions. Judge Grant sentenced Michael Berry to a prison term of 44 to 65 months. Haley Berry pled guilty to two counts of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Schedule III Controlled Substance, and one count of Financial Card Theft. Judge Grant sentenced her to a total prison term of 12 to 34 months, followed by a suspended sentence of 8 to 19 months, so she will be on supervised probation when she is released from prison.

RALPH GREGORY KINNION, JR., 26, of New Bern, pled guilty to one count of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Cocaine. In that case, Kinnion was found in a residence that was subject to search by probation officers. During that search, officers found four individually wrapped bags of cocaine in a larger bag concealed behind the washing machine. Judge Grant sentenced Kinnion to a prison term of 10 to 21 months.

JESSE BRANDON RODRIGUEZ, 36, of Newport, pled guilty to one count of Obtaining Property by False Pretense, and one count of Larceny of a Firearm. Rodriguez and two co-defendants broke into a vehicle owned by an Arapahoe resident. They stole the victim’s wallet and two handguns. Rodriguez and the others used a credit card from the wallet to purchase gas, and attempted to use it several times after that. Each of the retail locations used video surveillance, and the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office investigators retrieved that video and identified the defendants. Rodriguez cooperated with law enforcement by retrieving one of the stolen guns. Judge Grant sentenced Rodriguez to a prison term of 12 to 24 months. Rodriguez also has seven pending felony cases in Craven County, and those cases will shortly be submitted to the Grand Jury in New Bern for indictments.

NOTE: Under North Carolina Structured Sentencing law, a convicted criminal defendant must serve all of the minimum active sentence and may be required to serve up to the maximum sentence. Upon release at the conclusion of the prison sentence, a nine to twelve month period of post-release supervision by a probation officer is required.