Carteret County District Attorney News And Information In NC

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The current county district attorney is Scott Thomas (2019). Areas under the North Carolina Prosecutorial District 4 include Carteret, Craven, and Pamlico counties.

Address: 300 Court House Square, Beaufort, NC 28516

Phone number: (252) 504-4500

Prosecution areas: District Court and Superior Court

Scott Thomas received his B.S. in political science from East Carolina University and his J.D. at North Carolina Central University. Additionally, he has served in both the N.C. House of Representatives and N.C. Senate. He assumed office on January 30, 2006.

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March 13, 2020

NC Chief Justice Cheri Beasley announced that she is ordering county district and superior courts to close for 30 days in response to the coronavirus pandemic. However, there are exceptions and readers need to contact their local clerk of court to discuss cases. Additionally, Carteret, Craven, and Pamlico DA Scott Thomas encouraged defendants represented by an attorney to contact their representation to inquire about their cases. For those not represented by an attorney, they can speak to the clerk’s office or monitor www.nccourts.org calendars to see when their case was rescheduled to. Exceptions to the suspension of court cases include first appearances and bond hearings, appointment of counsel for indigent defendants and grand jury proceedings. Furthermore, the courts will be open for probation violation hearings, to schedule probable cause hearings, and to address juvenile custody orders and related hearings. For victims of crime, District Attorney Scott Thomas says his office is open to speak with these individuals.

February 13, 2020

The prosecutor’s office announced that Joseph Bent and Austin Piner are both charged with felony involuntary manslaughter after the vehicles they were driving caused the death of a Gloucester man on December 26, 2019.

February 2020

The prosecutor’s office has announced that Leighman Joel Hardesty of Beaufort is officially charged with aggravated felony death by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter stemming from a vehicle crash in January 2020 in which a Havelock man was killed.


District Attorney Scott Thomas announced a guilty plea conviction in the Carteret County Superior Courts for 56 year old Tracy Shoffner who plead guilty to hurricane related repair fraud.

In this matter, an indictment revealed that Tracy Shoffner entered in to contract work for repairs to a local area church, and once paid up front in the amount of $7500, Mr. Shoffner ended all communications with the church.

Also, the local DA announced that prosecutor Ashley Eatmon successfully completed her duties in this matter.

January 2020

The Carteret County DA announced the following drug related plea agreements 1) Daniel Sangabriel, 31, of Newport sentenced to 70-93 months in prison as part of the agreement. 2) Donald Francis Reid Jr., 40 of Morehead City sentenced to 34-60 months in prison followed by supervised probation.

December 2019

The local Carteret DA’s office met with Sheriff Asa Buck to deliver a considerable donation of bicycles for the Toys For Tots program that culminates Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the West side of Dock House in Beaufort NC where Marines will gather the toys to benefit children in the area for Christmas.

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September 2019

After both Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Dorian, the local DA’s office is warning potential scammers and fraudulent practices by unlicensed contractors as it relates to repairs on homes and businesses, insurance fraud, price gouging, and fraudulent charities that seek to commit crimes in the county upon vulnerable residents. Scott Thomas has warned these potential scammers that his office has, and will continue to prosecute these crimes.

July 2019

In July of 2019, the Carteret County Sheriff received an anonymous tip to the whereabouts of Kristen Bennett who the department had information on relating to her murder. Upon following up on the tip, her body was found at a home in Mill Creek NC. The murder of Ms. Bennett was allegedly committed by Trey Branche who was arrested and placed in custody under no bond. This new development will help the local district attorney’s efforts in prosecuting this murder.

April 2019

The local DA’s office has notified the public that Walter Evans Kistler, IV was officially sworn in as an assistant district attorney.

December 2018

Local DA Scott Thomas released public communication that his office had successfully prosecuted several felony drug convictions in the superior courts.

June 18, 2013

Along with United States Attorney Thomas Walker, Scott Thomas announced the federal court conviction of Walter Terion Brown , 25, of New Bern, NC to 108 months imprisonment for large quantity drug crimes and trafficking.

November 18, 2013

The local Sheriff’s office received a donation of computer equipment and software from The Safe Surfin’ Foundation, Moose International, and Moose Lodge 2194 in Newport to combat online predators of children. The district attorney says this equipment will help in the investigation and prosecution of online child sex predators.


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