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Man Pleads Guilty
To Attempted Murder
By Aiax Poisoning
One of two suspccts accused of
trving to kill an unconscious man by
pouring cleaning liquid down his
throat was sentenced to nine years in
prison after pleading guilty in
Brunswick County Superior Court
Douglas Franklin l.acy, 29. was
living at the Holiday Motel in
Belville when he was arrested for al
legedly heating, robbing and at
tempting to poison a fellow tenant of
the rooming house last October.
The victim. TetTy Davis, 40. was
found badly beaten, unconscious
and bleeding from the mouth by a
Wilmington Police officer on patrol
near a city park, according Bruns
wick County Sheriff's Detective
Steve Mason, who helped investi
gate the case.
After several days in intensive
care under treatment for severe in
ternal injuries. Davis told Mason
that he had been drinking alcohol
with two other rooming house resi
dents when he "got more drunk than
the others and passed out."
Witnesses said the two suspects
went through Davis's wallet, stole
some papers and found a business
card that led them to believe he was
a poiicc informant. Mason said. The
two men became angry at Davis and
said "they ought to kill him and
throw him in the river." the detective
l-acy then assaulted Davis "with
his fists, beating him about the face,
head anu neck, further striking him
about his chest and back while the
victim was unconscious," according
to the indictment. Lacy then "poured
a mixture containing Ajax into the
During the investigation, a wit
ness said that he ran from the scene
after seeing Davis "throw up blood,"
Mason said. Lacy and the other man
allegedly removed a watch, jacket
and tennis shoes from Davis before
carrying him to a vehicle and dri
ving him to Wilmington, where they
beat him some more and dumped his
body in a park.
"He was black and blue from
head to toe," Mason said.
Two days later, Brunswick De
tective Ken Messer arrested Lacy
and 28-year-old Valdez Whitmore
and charged them in the assault.
Lacy pleaded guilty Monday to
one count each of common law rob
bery and assault with a deadly
weapon with intent to kill inflicting
serious injury. As part of a plea bar
gain, Assistant District Attorney Ixe
Bollinger agreed to dismiss a charge
of first-degree kidnapping.
In addition to his prison sentence.
Lacy was ordered to pay $400 for
his court-appointed lawyer.
Judge Knox Jenkins presided over
four days of superior court in Boli
via last week. Boiiinger and Assis
tant District Attorney Rick Green
prosecuted cases for the state. Lisa
Aycock served as courtroom clerk.
Other defendants whose cases were
heard, with their charges, pleas and
?Charles Anderson Ciarida of
Route 1, Bolivia, had a sentencing
hearing on earlier convictions for at
tempted second-degree rape and mis
demeanor breaking and entering. He
was sent to prison for 12 years and
ordered to pay $650 in attorney fees.
?Leonard Charles Harrison II. 18,
of Beach Drive, Sunset Beach, was
sentenced to 10 years in prison after
he pleaded no contest to charge;, of
felonious larceny of a motor vehicle
and speeding to elude arrest. He was
ordered to undergo treatment for
? lottery Phillip Shcppard, 29, of
Sunset Beach was sentenced to five
years and six months in prison after
being found guilty of felony hit-and
run, reckless driving and driving
without insurance. He was ordered
to pay a $5,000 fine and restitution
for his victim's medical bills. But
first, the judge said he should reim
burse the state for his court-appoint
?Ilullic lx-e Daniels. 33, of Route
I, l.ongwood. was sentenced to
eight years in prison after admitting
a probation violation and pleading
guilty to possession with intent to
?Michael Byron l.dens. 30, of
Forrest Hills Drive, Iceland, was
sentenced to three years after admit
ting a probation violation. He ap
pealed to the N.C. Court of Appeals
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?Bryan Lee O'Daniels, 19. of
South Shores Drive. Southport. was
sentenced to six years and 120 days
after admitting to three counts of vi
olating probation and pleading
guilty to three counts of driving
while his license was revoked and
one charge of driving while im
paired by alcohol. The judge recom
mended that he receive an assess
ment and treatment for alcohol
?Bruce Daniel.;. 22. of N.C. 904.
Ash. was jailed for 30 days after he
pleaded guilty to one count of sell
ing cocaine. He was sentenced to
three years in prison, suspended five
years on the condition that he pay a
fine of $200, court costs and $300
attorney fees. He was put on super
vised probation for five years.
?Kov Fowler Jr. of Northeast 6th
Street, Long Beach, pleaded no con
test to charges of assaulting a handi
capped person, assault on a female
and communicating threats. The
judge issued a prayer for judgment
continued in the case.
?'\ngelo Loncll Walker. 24. of
Water Street, Leland. pleaded guilty
to a charge of driving without a li
cense. He was ordered to pay the
costs of court, with a prayer for
?Arlyn Deion Vernon. 22, of
Route 1. Leland, pleaded no contest
to a charge of second-degree tres
pass and was found in willful viola
tion of his pronation. He was sen
tenced to 30 days, suspended 12
months on the condition that he pay
court costs and $250 in attorney
fees. I le was transferred to intensive
supervised probation for six months.
?Jimmy Davis Hunter. 25, of Fair
Haven Mobile Home Park. Leland,
pleaded guilty to one count of felo
nious possession of marijuana. As
part of a plea bargain, the state
dropped five charges of conspiracy
to sell and deliver marijuana, two
charges of possession with intent to
sell and deliver marijuana and one
count each of selling and delivering
marijuana, misdemeanor possession
of marijuana and possession of drug
paraphernalia. He was ordered to
pay court costs and $400 in attorney
fees and to sign over the title of his
1990 Ford vehicle to the Brunsw ick
County Sheriff's Department.
Hunter was put on supervised proba
tion for three years.
?Vanessa Everett, 37. of Iceland
pleaded guilty to one charge each of
felonious welfare fraud, felonious
medical assistance fraud and misde
meanor foot stamp fraud. She was
sentenced to five years, suspended
on the condition that she pay restitu
tion and court costs. She was put on
supervised probation for five years.
?lames lidison Carroll, 36, of
Walker Street, Leland. pleaded
guilty to two counts of misdemeanor
possession of marijuana. As part of
a plea bargain, the state dropped a
charge of possession with intent to
sell and deliver marijuana and main
taining a dwelling for the purpose of
keeping a controlled substance. Ik
was sentenced to two years, sus
pended three years on payment of
court costs and $400 attorney foes.
He was put on unsupervised proba
tion for three years
?John Dudley Bryant, 51, ot
Northwest Road, Ix-land. pleaded
guilty a charge of possessing drug
paraphernalia. In a plea bargain, the
state dropped two charges of co
caine possession and one charge
each of disseminating obscenity and
maintaining a dwelling for keeping a
controlled substance. Bryant was
given a two-vcar suspended sen
tence and two years unsupervised
probation. He was ordered pay court
costs and to sign over the title to a
1993 Ford Explorer to the Bruns
wick County Sheriff's Department.
?Manning Belton Soles, 28, of
High Street, Shallotte, pleaded
guilty to a charge of unauthorized
possession of alcoholic beverages
and was given a two-year suspended
sentence and three years probation.
?F reddie Elmer Smith, 37, of
Southport pleaded guilty to three
counts of possession with intent to
sell and deliver cocaine and three
charges of selling cocaine. He was
sentenced to 10 years, suspended on
the condition that he continue hospi
tal treatments and that he pay court
costs. $3(X) to his court-appointed
lawyer and $260 restitution to the
Brunswick County Sheriff's De
partment narcotics division. He was
ordered to maintain a 7 p.m. curfew
and put on five years supervised
?Johnny Mack Brown, 38, of
Route 1, Longwood. pleaded guilty
to charges of conspiracy to sell and
deliver cocaine, possession with in
tent to sell and deliver cocaine and
selling cocaine. The judge issued a
prayer for judgment continued.
?Clarence Lewis Jr., 43. of Route
5, I .eland, pleaded guilty to charges
of felonious possession of cocaine,
possession with the intent to sell and
ueiivci eocamc <iuu Selling CuCdiflc.
Ile was given a 64-day jail term,
with credit for time served awaiting
trial, and sentenced to five years,
suspended on the condition that he
pay court costs and submit to war
rantless searches. He was put on in
tensive probation for five years.
?Ricky Ellis Fulford, 38, of
Shrimp Street, Holden Beach, was
found guilty of driving while im
paired by alcohol. He was sentenced
to six months, suspended on the
condition that he pay a $100 fine
and court costs. He was ordered to
undergo an assessment for alcohol
abuse within 30 days and to perform
24 hours of community service. He
was put on unsupervised probation
for two years.
?Randy O. Brown of Route 1,
Ash, pleaded guilty to four misde
meanor employment security viola
tions. He was sentenced to two
years, suspended on the condition
that he pay court costs and $719
restitution. He was put on super
vised probation for two years.
?John Edward Holland Jr., 50, of
Route 4, Leland, pleaded guilty to
speeding 65 miles per hour in a 45
mph zone. He had been charged
with speeding 79 mph. The judge is
sued a prayer for judgment contin
ued on payment of court costs.
?Robert Wesley Moore of 9th
Street. Southport admitted violating
his probation on an earlier convic
tion for possession with intent to sell
and deliver cocaine. He was trans
ferred to intensive piobaiion for six
?I loyd I ?-e Bolt, 26, of Leland
admitted violating the terms of his
probation on an earlier conviction
for felonious breaking and entering.
He was ordered to continue on pro
bation under modified terms.
?Hennie M. Stanley, 22, of Route
4, Shallotte admitted violating the
terms of his probation on a convic
tion for possession with the intent to
sell and deliver cocaine. He was or
dered to perform 48 hours commu
nity service and to continue on su
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DA Gore Opts Not To Prosecute 'Citizens'
Unless Election Law Violations Continue
BY SUSAN USHER
District Attorney Rex Gore an
nounced Monday he plans to take no
action against the Concerned Citi
zens of I xing Beach for apparent vi
olations of state election laws unless
the group continues to act illegally
as a political committee.
In a letter dated Monday and
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identified in some way as members
of the committee. Gore states,
"Despite the violations by the
Concerned Citizens political com
mittee, I am not going to prosecute
for its prior acts."
However, Gore states that his of
fice will take legal action if, from
January I, 1994 forward, there is
continued non-compliance with state
He said choosing not to prosecute
past violations was simply a matter
of priorities for his office and the
"I can't tell they were doing any
thing except not filing the papers,
and frankly we've all got better
things to do," he said. "If we were to
pursue it 1 would have to call the
SBI in and it would spend 40 to SO
hours investigating and building a
case. It's just not worth it. It just
wasn't important enough."
But if the violations continue, his
office will prosecute not only new
violations but those that may have
occurred within two years prior to
any warrants being taken out, he
told the Beacon Tuesday.
Any group that raises money or
spends money for a candidate, en
dorses a candidate and takes other
political stands is considered a polit
ical action committee. Political com
mittees are required to have elected
officers, maintain income and ex
pense records and register with the
N.C. Board of Elections.
During the Long Beach municipal
elections last November several can
didates ran under the purported en
dorsement of the Concerned
Citizens, and advertising supporting
their election was purchased on be
half of the group, though it was nev
er registered with the state.
After a preliminary investigation
the State Board of Elections turned
the matter over to the District
Attorney's office to investigate, say
ing that it had been unable to pin
point the identity of group members now asking you to do the same. You
or officers. When contacted by a have nothing to hide."
state election official, one citizen ac- While not relishing the idea of
tivist associated with the group, prosecuting any persons who "try to
Eileen Kellagher, wrote back that to monitor our public officials." Gore
her knowledge the group had no of- reiterated he would bring to court
ficers. "anyone identified with Concerned
In his letter to purposed Con- Citizens" if the group chooses not to
cerned Citizens members. Gore comply with the law.
urged She group to "act responsibly" Long Bc?ch Mayor loan Altman.
while applauding its interest in com- who was re-elected in November by
munity affairs. a substantial margin despite opposi
"You and your friends have tion from the Concerned Citizens,
demonstrated a deep interest in the commented only briefly on the deci
welfare of the community in which sion.
you live, he concludes. "You have "If Mr. Gore has decided it was
given voice to concerns that needed okay for them to do it (violate state
to be raised. You have urged com- laws) in the past but not in the fu
munity leaders to act responsibly in lure, that's most unusual," she said
their dealings with the public. I am in a telephone interview Tuesday.
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