News and Press Releases from the DA's Office

Below you will find information about the latest pleas, trials, and important developments in Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba Counties. As an office, we are bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct for all North Carolina attorneys, and special rules for prosecutors. Therefore, we often only comment on cases after final disposition.

For all media inquiries and requests, for all three counties, please contact Nathan Key by phone: 828-695-6193 or email: Nathan.D.Key@nccourts.org.

Granite Falls Man Sentenced as Habitual Felon

Austin Lee Barnette, 27, of Granite Falls, will spend at least six years in prison following his conviction for multiple criminal offenses and admission of habitual felon status. Barnette was given an active prison term of six to nine years … Read More

Prison Imposed for Hickory Man Trafficking Methamphetamine

Peng Vang, 39, of Hickory, was given an active prison term of six to eight years for trafficking methamphetamine and the sale of methamphetamine during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. The Honorable Craig Croom, Superior Court Judge from Wake County, imposed … Read More

Man Receives up to 10 Years for Drug Trafficking

Josue Romero Martinez will spend seven to 10 years in prison following his conviction for trafficking opiates during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. The Honorable Craig Croom, Superior Court Judge from Wake County, imposed the sentence for Martinez … Read More

Newton Man Sentenced in Second Degree Murder Shooting

Justin Drew Dalton, 35, of Newton, will spend at least 26 years in prison following a second-degree murder conviction during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, November 8, 2021. Dalton was given an active prison term of 26 to 32 years by the Honorable William T. Pomeroy, Superior Court … Read More

Hildebran Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder, Robbery

Brendan Marshall Withers, 28, of Hildebran, was given an active prison sentence following his conviction for attempted murder and other charges during Caldwell County Superior Court on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. The Honorable Craig Croom, Superior Court Judge from Wake … Read More