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Meck DA team gets 18 convictions

The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Misdemeanor Appeals Team got 18 convictions during the week of March 24, officials say.

That included one case in which the defendant was convicted in a jury trial, and 17 cases where defendants entered guilty pleas or remanded their cases back to District Court.

The Misdemeanor Appeals Team handles cases in which defendants are convicted in District Court but take advantage of state law that enables them to appeal the decisions to Superior Court.

The jury trial involved McKinley Barnes, 31, accused of reckless driving and hit and run causing property damage. He was sentenced to six months in jail.

One case was dismissed. Taylor Wood, 30, had been charged with DWI but filed a motion to suppress evidence, saying his legal rights were violated. Judge William Constangy granted the motion, and the DA’s office dropped the case.

Among those pleading guilty:

Roddy Anderson, 44, DWI; sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to wear a continuous alcohol monitoring device for four months after release.

Monte Grandon, 54, DWI; sentenced to 12 months in prison; must serve six months in prison and wear a continuous alcohol monitoring device after release; also must complete 24 months of supervised probation.

Barry Hinson, 72, habitual impaired driving; sentenced to 12-24 months in prison.

Alfredo Ibanez, 35, DWI; sentenced to 166 days in jail.

Akiviaya Jackson, 33, habitual impaired driving; sentenced to 12-24 months in prison.

Richard Weimer, 44, DWI; must serve two months in jail and complete 24 months of supervised probation.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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