Superior Court briefs


By Terri Flagg - [email protected]



DOBSON — An 18-year-old Mount Airy man was convicted of 11 separate crimes last week, all misdemeanors with the exception of a single felony drug charge.

Antonio Manuel Hernandez had allegedly sold “crack” cocaine to a police informant in March 2015 during an undercover operation actually targeting his mother, Mike Beal, assistant district attorney, said during the plea hearing.

But when the informant arrived at the residence, Hernandez handled the deal and was subsequently charged.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday to sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Through a plea agreement three felony violations in connection with that incident were dismissed: conspiracy to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, maintaining a drug house.

Hernandez also pleaded guilty to several unrelated misdemeanors including injury to real property, two counts of consuming alcohol under the age of 19, driving after consuming alcohol under the age of 21, two counts of resisting a public officer, giving fictitious information to an officer and two motor vehicle violations.

Charges of possession of marijuana up to one half ounce and marijuana paraphernalia, speeding, leaving the scene of property damage, two counts of no operators license, fail to maintain lane control were also dismissed.

The defendant was given a split sentence that included 93 days credit for time served, a suspended sentence of 13 to 25 months in prison and 24 months supervised probation.

In a second consecutive sentence, Hernandez was ordered to serve 45 days in jail, which was also suspended with 24 months of supervised probation.

Other matters of the court addressed during the August term of Superior Court included:

• Walter Franklin Griffith, 44, of Fannie Simmons Road, Mount Airy, was found on August 1 to have violated probation and was ordered to serve a nine- to 20- month active sentence. Griffith had been placed on supervised probation following a larceny of a motor vehicle conviction from September 2014.

• On August 4, Albert Johnson III, 47, of North College Street, Charlotte, pleaded guilty by Alford decision to obtaining property by false pretense, forgery of instrument and attempted obtaining property by false pretense. He was imprisoned for 20 to 33 months, to be served concurrently with a sentence he’s serving from another county.

By Terri Flagg

[email protected]

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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