Wednesday, 07 August 2019 16:35

Defendant enters Alford Plea in Rockingham meth case; manufacturing, larceny charges dismissed

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ROCKINGHAM — A man facing multiple meth-related charges was found guilty on lesser charges and had several others dismissed earlier this week.


Kevin Shawn Hurley, 31, who has addresses listed in both Rockingham and Salisbury, was in Richmond County Superior Court on Monday on several counts of possession of a precursor with intent to manufacture and one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and a count of misdemeanor larceny.

Court records show Hurley entered an Alford Plea to two reduced charges of possession or distribution of a meth precursor. The other precursor charges, manufacturing charge and larceny charge were all dismissed.

An Alford Plea is when a defendant does not admit guilt, but does acknowledge that prosecutors have enough evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It stems from a 1963 murder case in North Carolina.

Hurley was given a 50-day sentence with credit for time served and the judge ordered the court costs and attorney fees to be placed on the docket as a civil judgement, records show.

Online court records show Hurley has several pending charges in Rowan County: possession of methamphetamine; two counts each of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering; child abuse; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is also is also facing several traffic infractions.

Online records with the Rowan County Detention Center show he is being held under a combined $27,500 secured bond.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Hurley was first convicted in Rowan County in 2006 on three counts of taking a deer at an illegal hour with a light, possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and injury to property — all misdemeanors — according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

The following year he was convicted on two counts of driving while impaired and a count of possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance.

His probation was revoked on the two DWIs, the property damage charge and one of the drug possession charges, leading to his incarceration for just more than seven months.

Hurley was again convicted of misdemeanor larceny in 2012 and 2013 and again given a suspended sentence.

His probation on one of those was revoked and he entered prison Aug. 18, 2013. On Sept. 5, he was convicted on two counts of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and one count of possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance.

Twelve days later, Hurley was convicted of breaking and entering, larceny over $1,000 and obtaining property by false pretenses, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor hit and run.

Records show he served nine months.

Hurley went back to prison for nearly a year when he was convicted in 2016 of: three felony counts of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (one of which was in Richmond County); two felony counts each of breaking and entering obtaining property by false pretenses; one felony count each of identity fraud or theft, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny over $1,000, and possessing stolen goods; and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.