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Sheriff’s deputy judged guilty

Published 8:00am Monday, March 11, 2013

JACKSON – A Northampton County deputy was found guilty on assault with a deadly weapon, but his lawyer intends to appeal that judgment.

On Thursday, Northampton County Sheriff’s Lt. Cory Jackson had his day in court for assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment charges filed against him on June 1, 2012.

During the Jan. 15, 2012 incident Jackson fired his gun at a male victim and allegedly “unlawfully restrained and detained” him. Jackson was responding to a call about suspicious persons in a neighborhood in Garysburg at the time of the incident.

According to the Northampton County Clerk of Court Office, Judge W. Turner Stephenson found Jackson guilty on the assault with a deadly weapon charge and not guilty for false imprisonment.

Stephenson sentenced Jackson to a 30 -day imprisonment, which was suspended for 12 months of unsupervised probation.

Jackson’s attorney gave notice of appeal to Superior Court.

According to Northampton County Sheriff Wardie P. Vincent, Jackson is still employed by the Sheriff’s Office because the case is being appealed in Superior Court.

“He’s been taken off the road and he’s now working at the Detention Center (Northampton County Jail),” Vincent said.

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