Superior Court: 2 sentenced in October drug bust

Aaron Wayne Wright (left) and Danielle La-Rae Eldreth (right)

A Black Mountain man and Old Fort woman charged last October with multiple drug and trafficking offenses were sentenced in McDowell County Superior Court.

Aaron Wayne Wright, 37, of Davis Drive, Black Mountain, was found guilty of trafficking methamphetamine. He was sentenced 70 to 93 months in prison. He must pay a court-appointed attorney $2,100.

Danielle La-Rae Eldreth, 27, of Parker Padgett Road, Old Fort, was found guilty of possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver methamphetamine. She was sentenced 11 to 23 months in prison. She must pay a court-appointed attorney $600. She must pay court costs.

In mid-October last year, Officer Robert Walker of the Marion Police Department stopped a 2018 Cadillac near N.C. 226 South after it was determined that the driver, Wright, was driving with a revoked license and had an active warrant for his arrest.

During the traffic stop, K-9 Officer Marsoc was deployed by Cpl. Christian Wyatt, and alerted to narcotics inside the vehicle. Following a search of the Cadillac, officers located 3.09 ounces (or 87.6 grams) of meth as well as $837.00 in cash. Wright and his passenger, Eldreth, were subsequently taken into custody.

Upon arrest, Wright’s bond was set at $76,500; Eldreth’s bond was set at $60,500. They were both indicted in November.

The following cases were heard in McDowell County Superior Court during the week of Jan. 7:

• Raymond Bingham, 26, of Lake Lamar Loop, Marion, was found guilty of sex offender on child premises. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail. He was given a six to 17 month suspended sentence. He must serve 30 months of supervised probation. He must pay a court-appointed attorney $180. He must pay court costs.

• April Marie Byrd, 35, of Tatertown Loop, Nebo, was found guilty of two counts of probation violation. Her probation was revoked.

• Jennifer Clarkson, 45, of Windy Hill, Old Fort, was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine. She was given credit for four days time served. She was given a six to 17 month suspended sentence. She must serve 30 months of supervised probation. She must perform 72 hours of community service. She must pay a court-appointed attorney $540. She must pay court costs.

• April Dawn Smith Edwards, 40, of McKinney Road, Marion, was found guilty of probation violation. Her probation was revoked. She was given credit for 73 days time served.

• Andrew Farley, 21, of Poplar Drive, Marion, was found guilty of two counts of probation violation. His probation was revoked. He was given credit for 38 days time served.

• Katherine Ann Freeman, 22, of Polly Spout Road, Marion, was found guilty of probation violation. Her probation was revoked. She was sentenced to 61 days time served.

• Tiffany Danielle Gardner, 31, of Stacy Hill Road, Marion, was found guilty of probation violation. Her probation was extended 24 months. She must pay a court-appointed attorney $240.

• Billy Alonzo Hall, 40, of Sugar Hill Road, Marion, was found guilty of felony probation violation out of county. His probation was extended 12 months.

• Donald Walter Holliday III, 20, of Arrowood Road, Marion, was found guilty of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail. He was given a six to 17 month suspended sentence. He must pay $225 restitution to the victim. He must not be on property of the victim. He must pay a court-appointed attorney $240. He must pay court costs.

Holliday was also found guilty of breaking and entering. He was given a six to 17 month suspended sentence and 36 months of supervised probation to run consecutive to the previous judgment.

• Teillia Smith Lerch, 33, of West Oak Street, Marion, was found guilty of misdemeanor probation violation. Her probation was revoked. She was sentenced to 45 days in jail. She was given credit for 19 days time served.

• Toney Wesley Lewis, 27, of Veterans Drive, Marion, was found guilty of felony probation violation out of county. His probation was revoked. He was given credit for 299 days time served.

Lewis was also found guilty of habitual felon and possession of methamphetamine. He was sentenced 24 to 41 months in prison.

• Jacqueline Lowery, 32, of U.S. 70 West, Old Fort, was found guilty of probation violation. Her probation was extended 36 months.

• Julie Augustine Mace, 41, of Chestnut Oak Forest Drive, Nebo, was found guilty of common law forgery. She was given a 45 day suspended sentence. She must serve six months of supervised probation. She must pay $293.62 restitution to the victim. She must pay a court-appointed attorney $510. She must pay court cost.

• Ronnie Lee McPeters, 61, of State Street, Marion, was found guilty of felony probation violation out of county. His probation was extended 24 months.

• Alexander Paul Moore, 29, of Whataway Drive, Marion, was found guilty of probation violation. His probation was revoked. He was given credit for 49 days time served. He must pay a court-appointed attorney $60.

• Danny Ray Moore Jr., 25, of North Madena Strete, Gastonia, was found guilty of breaking and entering. He was sentenced 10 to 21 months in prison. He was given credit for 95 days time served. He must pay a court-appointed attorney $330.

• Dustin Pearson, 31, of Cliffside Street, Cliffside, was found guilty of attempting to traffic methamphetamine. He was sentenced 24 to 41 months in prison. He was given credit for 376 days time served.

• Robert Warren Perkey Jr., 41, of Ruritan Club Road, Morganton, was found guilty of breaking or entering a motor vehicle. He was given credit for 59 days time served. He must serve 36 months of supervised probation. He must pay $1,800 total restitution to the victim. He must pay a court-appointed attorney $780. He must pay court costs.

Perkey was also found guilty of attempted breaking and entering of a building. He was given an eight to 19 month suspended sentence and 36 months of supervised probation consecutive to previous judgment.

• Jonathan Ray Register, 19, of White Street, Morganton, was found guilty of statutory sex offense of a child under 15. He was sentenced 144 to 233 months in prison. He was given credit for 85 days time served. He must not have contact with the victim. Upon release, he must register as a sex offender. He must pay a court-appointed attorney $1,125. He must pay court costs.

• Kyle Lee Riddle, 25, of Cedar Pine Avenue, Morganton, was found guilty of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail. He was given a six to 17 month suspended sentence. He must serve 36 months of supervised probation. He must pay $225 restitution to the victim. He must pay a court-appointed attorney $360. He must pay court costs.

Riddle was also found guilty of breaking and entering. He was given a six to 17 month suspended sentence and 36 months of supervised probation consecutive to previous judgment.

• Melissa Virginia Rode, 39, of Burma Road East, Marion, was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine. She was sentenced 24 to 41 months in prison. She was given credit for 74 days time served. She must pay a court-appointed attorney $300.

Rode was also found guilty of habitual larceny and habitual felon. She was sentenced 11 to 23 months in prison consecutive to previous judgment.

• Sierra Danielle Russell, 22, of Jacktown Road, Marion, was found guilty of probation violation. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Her probation was extended 18 months. She must pay a court-appointed attorney $240.

• Steven Michael Sisk Jr., 34, of Orchard Street, Old Fort, was found guilty of misdemeanor probation violation. His probation was revoked. He was given credit for 60 days time served.

• Justin Hardy Smith, 35, of Davis Town Road, Old Fort, was found guilty of felony probation violation out of county. His probation was extended 18 months.

• Sonya Jane Strickland, 45, of Yancey Street, Marion, was found guilty of obtaining property under false pretense. She was given a six to 17 month suspended sentence. She must serve 12 months of supervised probation. She must perform 48 hours of community service. She must pay $220 restitution to the victim. She must not be on property of the victim. She must pay court costs.

• Brittney Ann Twyman, 29, of Joes Drive, Marion, was found guilty of identity theft. She was given credit for 37 days time served. She was given a 14 to 26 month suspended sentence. She must serve 30 months of supervised probation. She must pay a court-appointed attorney $540. She must pay court costs.

• Dave Tillman Webb, 49, of Davis Street, Morganton, was found guilty of larceny of a motor vehicle and breaking or entering a motor vehicle. He was sentenced 12 to 24 months in prison. He was given credit for 138 days time served. He must pay a court-appointed attorney $780. He must pay court costs.

• Wesley Matthew Webb, 40, of Westwood Chateau, Marion, was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine. He was given credit for 54 days time served. He was given a six to 17 month suspended sentence. He must serve 36 months of supervised probation. He must pay a court-appointed attorney $330. He must pay court costs..

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