STEVENSON SENTENCED TO PRISON

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NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, just prior to the beginning of jury selection for his trial, MICHAEL JENNON STEVENSON, 35, of New Bern, entered a guilty plea in Craven County Superior Court, and was sentenced to prison. Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert McAfee.

On October 19, 2015, Craven County Sheriff’s Investigator Josh Dowdy responded to a call for service to located Stevenson, who was wanted for failing to appear in court on earlier charges of Fleeing to Elude Arrest. Dowdy went to a location where he knew Stevenson’s family lived, and found Stevenson and a co-defendant, Sommer Adams, sitting in a Ford F-150 pickup in the driveway. When Dowdy ordered Adams, who was behind the wheel, to turn off the truck, Stevenson told Adams to drive at Dowdy. She hesitated, and Stevenson drew a gun and pointed it at Adams. He then put his leg over the center of the truck, and stepped on the gas pedal. The truck nearly struck Dowdy, who had to dive out of the way to avoid getting hit. The truck sped off, and at the end of the drive, Stevenson changed places with Adams, and took the wheel. Dowdy pursued the truck, and Stevenson drove recklessly at speeds up to 100 mph on Highway 17, Aurora Road, and Guinea Mill Road in Ernul, endangering other drivers. The truck stopped on a dirt road, and Stevenson jumped from the vehicle and ran, leaving Adams behind, who was arrested. Stevenson was apprehended three weeks later after avoiding arrest. A search of the truck resulted in finding heroin and a set of digital scales, commonly used to measure and weigh doses of various drugs.

Stevenson pled guilty to Assault with a Deadly Weapon on Law Enforcement Officer, two counts of Fleeing to Elude Arrest, and an unrelated count of Obtaining Property by False Pretense. Judge Nobles sentenced Stevenson to a total sentence of 52 to 99 months in prison (approximately four to eight years).


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Adams entered a guilty plea on March 13 to her part in the assault on Dowdy, and agreed to testify against Stevenson at trial. She will be sentenced at a later date.

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.