Crime & Courts

Felon who stabbed cabbie in neck sentenced to 14 years in drug case

A Catawba County man who stabbed a cab driver in the neck over a decade ago was sentenced on Tuesday to 14 years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine.

Family members of Randy Bivens pleaded for leniency in federal court in Statesville, but Judge Richard Voorhees said the sentence he gave was “to protect the public.”

Court records show Bivens was sentenced to at least four years in prison in 2005 for felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. Prosecutors at his sentencing hearing on Tuesday for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine said he stabbed a cab driver in the older case.

The drug case involved several thousand dosage units of meth, prosecutors said. Bivens’ family told the judge he hasn’t used drugs for a year-and-a-half.

While Bivens has proven to be a “valuable employee” at a local restaurant, the judge said, “he has a terrible record.”

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak