IN SUPERIOR COURT
Teen Gets Life Plus 80 Years For Role In
A tccn-agcr accused of killing a Columbus County
sheriff 's deputy in June was sentenced in Brunswick
County Superior Court last week to life in prison plus SO
Aquino Lee Williams, 17, had his trial moved from
Columbus County to Bolivia because of pretrial publici
ty in the Whiteville community where the slain officer.
Deputy Bob Hinson, lived.
ITie defendant chose to avoid trial by pleading guilty
IX'C. 17 to first degree murder, conspiracy to commit
murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspira
cy to commit robbery.
Judge William C. Gore Jr. sentenced Williams on the
murder charge to life in prison without early release or
work release, lie also imposed a 30-year sentence lor
conspiracy to commit murder, a 40-year sentence lor
robbery and a 10- year sentence for conspiracy to com
Judge Gore recommended that Williams not be sen
tenced as a committed youthful offender.
An accomplice in the case, Michael Thomas Brown,
18, was sentenced to life in prison plus 70 years earlier
this month after a Brunswick County Jury found him
guilty of first-degree murder, armed robbery and two
counts of conspiracy.
The men were accused of placing a lake break in call
to the Brunswick community, wlierc Unison was shot in
the head three times on June IX as he sal in his patrol
Williams is originally from the Detroit area.
Prosecutors argued that the two planned the killing so
they could get the officer's gun.
Judge Gore also heard the following cases last week:
?Johnny Ray Simmons, 36, ol Castle Hayne, pleaded
guilly to habitual driving while impaired and driving
while his license was permanently revoked. He was sen
tenced to two years in prison on the I)WI charge and
three years on the driving while license revoked charge.
He was also recommended for the Department ol
Corrections' DART program, a drug and alcohol abuse
? Kurt Cotton, of the Pinecrest Subdivision, pleaded
guilty to felonious larceny and was sentenced to three
years in prison, suspended for three years and placed on
five years' supervised probation.
He was ordered to pay S3(X) in restitution to Randy
Parker, pay court costs, not go on or about the property
ot the prosecuting witness, submit to warrantless search
es, spend 45 (lays in the Brunswick County Jail with
credit for tune served ami not communicate with his co
?Johe Jones Jr., of Route I, Hamlet, pleaded guilty to
felonious larceny ol a motor vehicle. He was sentenced
to three years in prison, suspended lor three years and
placed on three years' supervised probation.
Jones was also ordered to pay S450 in restitution to
Tim Pennington of Southport, pay SI 50 in attorney fees,
to not possess or consume any controlled substances or
illegal drugs, submit to tests and warrantless searches,
not communicate will) or associate with the prosecuting
witness and spend 30 days in jail at the expiration ol a
sentence now serving.
?William Jeffrey Douglas, 28, of Colgate Drive,
Fayetteville, pleaded guilty to driving while his license
was (temporarily) revoked and received a prayer lor
judgment continued from term to term lor two years.
?Edward George Gore, of Route 2. l.eland. pleaded no
contest to simple assault and received a prayer tor mdg
inent continued from term to term with court costs re
mitted. Judge Gore ruled it was not a violation ol his
?Robert Allen Marker, VJ. ol Shady Grove Mobile
Home Park, Leland. was sentenced to three years in
prison, suspended, and placed on five years' supervised
probation after he pleaded guilty to taking indecent lib
erties with a minor.
Judge Gore ordered that he not communicate or asso
ciate with the prosecuting witness, undergo assessment
at Brunswick County Mental Health, not he alone with
his children during probation until modified by the
court, provide adequate support lor his children directly,
serve six months in jail with credit for time served for a
diagnostic report, pay ShM) in attorney fees and report to
the State Department ol Corrections on Jan. 5.
Third Fatality Attributed
To Dec. 7 Calabash Wreck
Harry George Bachmann Jr., 70,
of Carolina Shores, Calabash, died
Dcc. 13, less than a week after the
two-car crash that resulted in the
death of his wife and another pas
senger in their car.
Bachmann had been listed in criti
cal condition for several days at
New Hanover Regional Medical
Center in Wilmington, where he was
transferred after the accident.
He was the third person to die as
a result of injuries sustained in a
Dcc. 7 accident at the intersection of
Carolina Shores Parkway and Cal
abash Road in Calabash.
Bachmann was driving a 1982
Chevrolet station wagon with his
wife, Mary Kalhcrine Bachmann,
69; Henry Schcfer, 74, of East Pine
Court, Calabash, and Schcfcr's wile,
Kalhcrine Schefer, as passengers.
A N.C. Highway Patrol report by
Trooper C.E. Waril states that the
station wagon was struck on the pas
senger side by a 1986 Toyota pickup
driven by George Aaron Stanaland.
22, of Ash.
As of Dec. 17, Mr. Bachmann's
death brought to 15 the number of
persons who have died this year as a
result of highway accidents in
Brunswick County. That's the same
number thai hail diet! on ihe county's
highways as of Dec. 3 1 a year ago.
Mrs. Bachmann was pronounced
dead on arrival alter being taken to
The Brunswick Hospital in Supply.
Schcfcr was transferred to New
Hanover Regional Medical Center
in Wilmington, where he later died.
Sianaland was taken to The
Brunswick Hospital and treated for
serious injuries, lie was released lat
er that day.
Mrs. Schcfcr had been listed in
stable condition at 'Pic Brunswick
Hospital, and was released Dec. 16,
reported hospital spokesperson Ka /
Grant Targets Infant Deaths
Brunswick County's Health De
partment has received a S4.375 ma
ternity care coordination suite grant
aimed at helping to reduce the infant
mortality rate. Gov. Jim Martin's of
fice announced last week.
The money, part of S2l)5,(XX)
awarded to 24 health care agencies,
will be used to provide services lor
Brunswick County clients who are
eligible for medicaid, a news release
Medicaid provides medical aiil
for those unable to afford regular
medical services and is financed by
the suite and federal governments.
The Division of Maternal and
Child Health in the N.C. Department
of Environment, Health and Natural
Resources distributed an estimated
S17(),(KK) in funds to 12 health agen
cies to provide maternity care for
medicaid-eligihlc clients. Another
S125,(XX) was distributed to I'J
health agencies in North Carolina
for clients nol eligible for medicaid.
"Statistics indicate that providing
maternity care services to mothers
reduces the incidence of low birth
weight and the cost of newborn
medical expenses." it states.
Maternity care services have be
come an important element in North
Carolina's effort to reduce infant
mortality and morbidity, it adds.
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