Robbery and Assault Lands Defendant 8-12 Years

Ezra Harold Patton, 23, of Morganton, was given an active prison sentence of eight to 12 years following his conviction for multiple crimes during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, February 17, 2020. The Honorable Steve Warren, Superior Court Judge from Buncombe County, imposed the prison term for Patton after he pleaded … Read More

Valdese Man who Called 911 on himself Pleads Guilty to 2nd Degree Murder

Jeremy Shayne Baldridge, 23, of Valdese, was given an active prison term of 28 to 35 years following his conviction for second-degree murder during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, February 3, 2020. The Honorable Marvin P. Pope, Superior Court Judge from Buncombe County, imposed the sentence for … Read More

Morganton Woman Sentenced up to 11 Years for Robbery, Assault

Kristen Jewel Ellis, 26, of Morganton, will spend at least seven years in prison following her conviction for multiple criminal offenses during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, January 6, 2020. The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke … Read More

Defendant Icey Gooden

Woman Sentenced to 25+ Years for 2nd Degree Murders

On Friday, March 8, 2019, Icey Chennell Gooden, 28, entered a guilty plea to two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of first-degree kidnapping in Burke County Superior Court in relation … Read More

Defendant Omar Vera

Defendant to Register as Sex Offender, Serve Prison Sentence

Omar Christian Regino Vera, 35, of Morganton, was sentenced to an active prison term of three to five years following his conviction for two counts of taking indecent liberties with children. The Honorable Joseph N. Crosswhite, Superior Court Judge from … Read More

Defendant Billy Murphy

Morganton Man Convicted in Armed Robbery

A Morganton man will spend at least six years in prison for a conviction of robbery with a dangerous weapon and larceny of a motor vehicle on Thursday, March 7, 2019, during Burke County Superior Court. Billy Earl Murphy, 43, … Read More