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Two Habitual Felons Sentenced in Brunswick County Superior Court


Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David announced that on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Charles Austin Lane pled guilty to possession of firearm by a convicted felon and was sentenced to a
minimum of 66 months to maximum of 92 months in prison.

Lane was arrested while turkey hunting on April 15, 2018, after North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission officers received a tip that he was over a baited field. Lane has 6 prior felony convictions, including two prior convictions for possession of firearm by a convicted felon and he is a registered sex offender relating to three prior offenses.

Jerry Lee Walston pled guilty on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 to habitual larceny and was sentenced to a minimum of 77 months and a maximum of 105 months as a habitual felon. Walston was arrested on February 15, 2019 for thefts from Walmart and Lowes Foods. Walston was on parole from a previous habitual felon conviction at the time of his arrest. Officers with the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office tracked him to the crime scenes using the GPS coordinates from his ankle monitor. Walton has twenty-six previous felony convictions for theft and
fraud and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The Honorable James Gregory Bell, of Robeson County, presided over the hearings and sentencing. Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas represented the State of North Carolina.

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