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By Erin Smith

Two court cases of interest to Bladen County residents were both continued this week in Bladen County Superior Court.

The case involving a man who was involved in a standoff with law enforcement officers in November 2017 has been continued to December 3, 2018. His Attorney, Butch Pope, was unable to be present in court this week.

In October, MacKenzie Brisson was scheduled to accept a plea agreement in Bladen County Superior Court when the Bladen County District Attorney’s Office requested that the matter be placed back on the Case Management Calendar for November.

Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quentin McGee told the court during that session of court, “In this case there are some extenuating factors.”

McGee told the court in October the plea agreement has not been rescinded. McGee explained the case’s extenuating factors and evidence will be reviewed during the case management hearing. The case has been on the calendar for case management about every other month, according to court records.

Brisson barricaded himself inside a home on Paul Brisson Road on November 21, 2017 and is accused of shooting at law enforcement officers. After the shooting stopped, officers sent a robot inside the home to locate Brisson. He was found inside a pick up truck in the garage of the home. No one was injured and the standoff ended peacefully after six hours of involvement from multiple law enforcement agencies.

Also in court this week, an Elizabethtown man accused of murder will be back in Bladen County Superior Court on December 3, 2018. The case was also continued because Defense Attorney Butch Pope was unable to be in court in Bladen County this week. 

Jonathan Parker is facing a charge of first-degree murder for the stabbing death of 78-year-old John Robert Cole at Cole’s home in Elizabethtown on October 19, 2015.

Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quentin McGee told the court in October that an agreement had been worked out about a year ago, but Parker was not competent at that time to accept the plea.

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