TWO PLEAD GUILTY PRIOR TO TRIAL IN CARTERET SUPERIOR COURT

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Beaufort, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Carteret Superior Court this week, the following defendants entered guilty pleas just prior to their cases being called for trial before a jury and presiding Superior Court Judge John Nobles. The cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Ashley Eatmon.

BRANDON HOBBS, 39, of Newport, pled guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine Precursor Chemical during the Carteret County Superior Court Trial Term of Court just prior to jury selection.


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A Morehead City Police Officer observed Hobbs leaving a gas station on his 1989 Honda Motorcycle. The  officer recognized Hobbs as having two outstanding warrants  for arrest and performed a traffic stop. In  addition to the outstanding warrants, Hobbs  had fictitious tags and a revoked driver’s license. After placing Hobbs under arrest, the officer performed a search of Hobbs’ person and motorcycle.  The officer located a  digital scale in Hobbs’ pants pocket and five packages of lithium batteries on his motorcycle. Lithium is considered a methamphetamine precursor, as it is used in crude, volatile homemade “labs” to make the drug. Hobbs was also found to be in possession of approximately 10.9 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Hobbs was sentenced as a Habitual Felon, as his criminal record includes at least three prior felony convictions, and stretches back more than ten years. Judge Nobles sentenced Hobbs to a prison sentence of 127 to 165 months (approximately 10 to 14 years).

TIMOTHY EDWARD DOOLITTLE, 39, of Swansboro, pled guilty to Felony Possession of Stolen Goods. Doolittle, already serving a minimum 16 ¾ year sentence  for Trafficking Methamphetamine, was sentenced to an additional 12-24 months in the

Division of Adult Corrections. Doolittle was found to be in possession of property stolen from a Breaking and Entering in Atlantic Beach.

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.