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Grand jury indicts 19 suspects

SoVaNow.com / November 21, 2012
A Mecklenburg County grand jury on Monday indicted 19 individuals, including Steve Alexander Upton III for allegedly engaging in forcible sodomy with a victim under the age of 13.

Three individuals, Samuel Eugene Paulette, Stanley Tyron Wesson and Valeton Junior Pratt, were separately indicted on charges of malicious wounding with intent to maim, disfigure or kill their victims.

Aaron S. Newcomb was indicted for burning or destroying the dwelling home of James and Tammy Stephenson.

Lakesh Ferrell was indicted for assault and battery against a law enforcement officer, Andy Moseley, while Moseley was performing his public duties.

Stephen Edward Raffield was indicted on six counts of forgery involving checks written on the account of Sadler Salvage Yard LLC.

Ernest Linwood Jones was charged with altering price tags on Food Lion merchandise valued at less than $200.

Robert S. Lancaster was charged with grand larceny involving property owned by Elder Vaughn, and Kenneth Marvin Burchette was charged with breaking and entering into the dwelling of George Martin, with intent to commit larceny, assault and battery or a felony.

Three separate individuals were indicted for driving while under the influence. They include William Louis Lambert, Denise Hand Maxted, and Andrew Mark Lankford. Both Lankford and Lambert were previously determined to be habitual offenders.

Four individuals were indicted for either possession or possession with intent to sell or distribute Schedule I or II controlled substances. Those individuals are Angel Jones Bright (three counts), Perry Matthew Sydnor, Robert Tate Smith and Paul Hutcherson.

Johnny Ray Jones, Jr. and Octavier Devois Jones were both indicted on one count each for the manufacture, sale or distribution of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, and one count each for conspiring to manufacture, sell or distribute an imitation Schedule I or II controlled substance.

Indictments are not findings of guilt, but rather a determination that sufficient evidence exists to bring the cases to trial.



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