Crime & Courts

2 Catawba men sentenced as habitual felons

Two Catawba County men were convicted on habitual felon charges this week and sentenced to prison, prosecutors say.

Jason Richard Dickerson, 33, of Newton was sentenced to between 80 and 108 months in prison. He was also convicted on 14 felony drug charges.

Russell Lamont Epps, 52, of Hickory was sentenced to between 30 and 48 months in prison. He was also convicted of felony breaking and entering.

Dickerson had been charged in connection with alleged offenses from November 2011 to February 2012 in Catawba County, prosecutors said. He was arrested after an undercover investigation involving detectives from both the Catawba County and Lincoln County sheriff’s offices.

Dickerson was convicted of three counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana; possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine; and selling cocaine. He was also charged with two counts of selling marijuana, and one count each of possession of cocaine; conspiracy to sell marijuana; and maintaining a place for controlled substances.

Epps was convicted of breaking and entering and larceny. He was charged in connection with a May 2013 case at a Hickory business and was identified by video surveillance equipment, prosecutors said.