2013-06-27 / Front Page

Aycock sentenced after pleading guilty to theft of church funds

Barney Albert Aycock III, who was indicted on charges of theft by taking and financial transaction card fraud stemming from his position as treasurer of Double Branches Baptist Church, was sentenced by Judge Hal Hinesley during bench trials held Tuesday, June 18, at the Lincoln County Courthouse.

The defendant pleaded guilty to one count of theft by taking, stealing over $1,500 from the church. He likewise pleaded guilty to three counts of financial transaction card fraud. All of the charges were felonies.

It was determined that Aycock stole a total of approximately $160,000 from the church.

On the first count, he was sentenced to 10 years, the first three in confinement, with the balance on probation, and restitution in the amount of $160,252.

On the second count, Aycock received three years probation to run consecutive to sentencing on the first count; on the third count, he was sentenced to three years probation to run consecutive to sentencing on the second count; and on the fourth count, he received three years probation to run consecutive to sentencing on the third count.

Other cases disposed of by the court were as follows: l Robert Helms pleaded guilty to theft by conversion (misdemeanor) and received 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine plus surcharges.

He was further ordered to make restitution in the amount of $16,968.50.

In addition, Helms was granted first offender status, which means that if the defendant meets all of the terms and conditions of probation, he will be discharged under the first offender law, with no criminal record. l Jenefer Herron pleaded guilty to theft by taking (felony) and was sentenced to 12 months probation, 25 hours community service, a $350 fine plus surcharges, and the drug package.

The drug package is a special condition of probation which provides for drug treatment and counseling as well as random testing. It also requires the defendant to submit to searches of his person and/or property upon request. l Randy Dale Miller pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (felony) and received three years probation, a $500 fine plus surcharges, and 25 hours community service. l LeRoy House pleaded guilty to obstruction of an officer (misdemeanor) and DUI (misdemeanor). On the first count, he was sentenced to 12 months probation and 25 hours community service.

On the second count, he received 12 months, the first 30 days in confinement, with credit for time served and the balance on probation; a $600 fine plus surcharges; 30 hours community service; and drug/alcohol counseling.

Also, the defendant’s driver’s license was suspended, and he was ordered to remove the license plate from his vehicle.

In a separate case, House pleaded guilty to interference with government property (felony) and criminal trespass (misdemeanor). On the first count, he was sentenced to three years, the first 60 days in confinement, with credit for time served and the balance on probation.

He was likewise ordered to make restitution in the amount of $519.15.

On the second count, the defendant was sentenced to 12 months probation. l Terri Harmon pleaded guilty to theft by taking (misdemeanor) and received 12 months probation, a $500 fine plus surcharges, and 25 hours community service. l David Ryan Burgess pleaded guilty to entering an automobile (felony) and received five years, the first 36 months in confinement, with credit for time served from June 8, 2012, and the balance on probation, and the drug package. l Chainti Zellars, pleaded guilty to simple battery (misdemeanor) and was sentenced to 12 months, the first 24 hours in confinement, with credit for time served and the balance on probation; anger management counseling; and a $300 fine plus surcharges. l Kianna Semone Evans pleaded guilty to forgery in the first degree (felony) and was sentenced to four years, the first 30 days in confinement, with credit for time served and the balance on probation; mental health counseling; and a $200 fine plus surcharges.

She was likewise ordered to make restitution in the amount of $932. l Montesa Wynn Moss pleaded guilty to making a false statement (misdemeanor) and received 12 months probation and a $250 fine plus surcharges. l William Davis pleaded guilty to escape (felony) and was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $250 fine plus surcharges. l Jackie L. Jones pleaded guilty to theft by shoplifting (misdemeanor) and received 12 months probation, alcohol abuse counseling, and a $150 fine plus surcharges.

Jones was further ordered to make restitution in the amount of $5.98. l LaTasha Mariney pleaded guilty to giving false information to a law enforcement officer (misdemeanor) and was sentenced to 12 months probation, a $150 fine plus surcharges, and 40 hours community service. l Margaret McCall pleased guilty to DUI (misdemeanor) and possession of marijuana (misdemeanor). On the first count, she received 12 months probation, a $600 fine plus surcharges, drug and alcohol counseling, and 30 hours community service.

Also, the defendant’s driver’s license was suspended, and she was ordered to remove the license plate from her vehicle.

On the second count, McCall received 12 months probation and a $200 fine plus surcharges to run consecutive to sentencing on the first count.

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