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Courts

  • Ash man sentenced to more than 9 years for selling crack

    An Ash man has been sentenced to more than nine years in jail for selling crack.

    Frederick Williams, 29, of Ash, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III in federal court in Raleigh on Wednesday, Feb. 27. He received 112 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.

    Williams pleaded guilty on July 11, 2012, to six counts of distribution of a quantity of cocaine base (crack).

  • Jury selection under way for capital murder trial

    More than a hundred people reported to the Brunswick County courthouse for jury duty Monday morning.

    The prosecution and defense are seeking 12 qualified jurors and two alternates to decide the fate of Carl Henry Alston in the county’s first capital punishment case since 2006.

    Qualified jurors must not oppose the death penalty and must also be willing to consider life in prison if the defendant is found guilty.

    Jury selection is expected to continue next week with opening statements to be presented late in the week.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 15 and 18 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Friday, Feb. 15

    Judges Jerry A. Jolly and Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutors Quintin McGee and Jamie Turnage and courtroom clerks Courtney Graham and Heather Jesina:

  • Capital punishment trial set to begin March 4

    A Leland man’s death penalty trial gets under way Monday, March 4, in a Brunswick County courtroom.

    Carl Henry Alston, 39, faces charges of felony murder, felony first-degree rape and felony first-degree kidnapping for the 2008 murder of 49-year-old Valerie Burns.

    According to reports published in the Beacon in 2008, Burns’ body was found inside the trunk of her gray 1994 Buick Regal about 10 miles from her Bluff Drive residence in Leland on July 30, 2008. She had last been seen in downtown Wilmington on the night of July 29, 2008.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 6, 7 and 11 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Feb. 6

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Dustin Lee Abrams, PG expired registration card/tag.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 30 and 31 and Feb. 1 and 5 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Jan. 30

    Judge Sherry D. Prince presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Kim Register:

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 23, 24, 25 and 28 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Jan. 23

    Judges William F. Fairley and Sherry D. Prince presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 16, 17, 18 and 22 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Jan. 16

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Kim Register:

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 9 and 14 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Jan. 9

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Jan. 2

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Heather Jesina:

    Thomas Arthur Blair, PNG/G DWI level 2, BCDC seven days active.