NC Mountain town lawyer charged with 57 peeping felonies walks free on minimal bond

NC Mountain town lawyer charged with 59 sexual felonies walks on minimal bond

Andrew C. Jackson Jr.

I originally posted about Andrew C. Jackson Jr. here.  He’s the 38-year-old attorney who was practicing in Jefferson, North Carolina. He was arrested back in October for allegedly placing a spycam in one of the restrooms in his office. Jackson had previously had his license suspended fin 2017 for some financial discrepancies within his office but the suspension was delayed for four years if he kept his nose clean. His nose is reportedly anything but clean at this point.

In my initial post about Jackson, I worried that justice may take a back seat to local backdoor politics as Jefferson is a pretty small mountain town. Or as I put it,  I’m concerned that Jefferson may be a community where legal favors could be exchanged among those in the legal profession. It seems my fears may have been justified.

While Jackson has been charged with 57 felonies charges of misuse of a photographic device, he’s also been released on a mere $15,000 bond. Not a typo, fifteen thousand dollars. For a man who has racked up close to 60 felony charges not only does $15K seem terribly low but even a lawyer in the Appalachians could probably gather that kind of scratch in a short amount of time.  And really, this pittance of a bond is an insult to anyone whose most intimate privacy he may have violated.

My hope is that everyone who reads this story shares it to their social media account of choice as the judicial system not only in Jefferson but also in Ashe County need to have a bigger eye kept on them instead of just one lonely blogger. So for me, please share this story so we can make sure that true justice is carried out in the courts.

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NC mountain town lawyer caught running camera in bathroom

NC mountain town lawyer caught running camera in bathroom

Andrew C. Jackson Jr.

This story was sent to me by an anonymous reader who I assume is from the town where this alleged crime occurred, Jefferson, North Carolina. Last month in this small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains 38-year-old attorney Andrew C. Jackson Jr. was arrested for allegedly planting a hidden camera inside his law firm’s bathroom. This is a felony in the state of North Carolina, however, I currently have no knowledge of what kind of sentence it carries. Personally, I hope it’s a rather lengthy one.

This isn’t Jackson’s first transgression either as he had been previously admonished by the North Carolina Bar. Jackson was believed to have allowed a former employee to embezzle funds from the firm’s bank account while Jackson advanced the funds of one client to another unrelated client which is frowned upon by the NC Bar. As far as I can tell, Jackson had his license suspended in early 2017 but the suspension was stayed for four years on the condition that Jackson kept his nose clean.

What the reader who sent me this story may not know is that I’ve spent a little time in Jefferson. While they weren’t extended stays I got a pretty good impression of this tight-knit community. I’m concerned though that Jefferson may be a community where legal favors could be exchanged among those in the legal profession. It’s a small enough town where some kind of deal could fly under the radar with little to no attention. I may not hold the gravitas of some on the internet, but at least I will be keeping a watchful eye on this story in order to post if there will be actual justice or backroom chicanery.

If you or someone you know lives in a small town or neighborhood and knows of a crime that you think deserves more attention than it’s getting, please contact me.

Mugshot Special: Carolina Kitty Killers

Mugshot Special: Carolina Kitty Killers

Jace and Zackery Greene

29-year-old Jace Lee Greene and Zackery Eugene Greene, age unknown are from Asheville, North Carolina, and are accused of…you know what? I’m not going to repost their alleged crimes here. If you’re an animal lover and want to torture yourself, you can check their crimes here, here, and here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Zackery Greene is still on the run.

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If you come across any recent weird and unusual mugshots, please feel free to send them my way.

Death penalty sought for Erica Parsons’ adoptive father

Death penalty sought for Erica Parsons' adoptive father

Sandy Parsons

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the story of Erica Parsons, you can read all about it here. However, to sum up, Erica was 13 in 2011 when she went missing from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina. She wasn’t reported missing until 2013. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, continued to collect Erica’s government benefits while she was missing. Casey Parsons claimed Erica went to live with her biological grandmother ‘Nan’ who didn’t actually exist. The couple was eventually sent to prison for fraud but in 2016, Sandy Parsons led authorities to Erica’s remains. Both Parsonses have been charged with Erica’s murder.

Erica

In my last post about Erica, I lamented that since North Carolina hasn’t executed anyone in 12 years, it’s doubtful either of the Parsonses would receive the death penalty. However, back in the beginning of April, Rowan County prosecutors stated they will seek the death penalty against Erica’s adoptive father, Sandy Parsons.

While he certainly deserves it for the amount of abuse and violence he allegedly inflicted on Erica, I would imagine that prosecutors are hoping for a guilty plea from Sandy Parsons in exchange for a life sentence. So far, even a month later, no deal has been made. I still think a death sentence would be hard to obtain since Erica’s autopsy couldn’t discern an exact cause of death outside of “homicidal violence of undetermined means.”

Erica Parsons’ adoptive parents finally charged with her murder

Erica Parsons' adoptive parents finally charged with her murder

Erica Parsons

Seven years after her disappearance, two years after her remains had been found, and on almost what would have been her 20th birthday, Erica Parsons‘ adoptive parents have finally been charged with first-degree murder in her death.

Erica went missing in 2011 from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina, but wasn’t reported missing for two more years. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, have claimed that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina. While Erica was missing her adoptive parents continued to collect benefits in Erica’s name. Both Sandy and Casey Parsons are currently serving time in federal prison for fraud.

This past Monday, a grand jury in Rowan County, North Carolina, handed down an indictment charging the Parsonses with first-degree murder, felony child abuse inflicting serious injury, felony concealment of death and felony obstruction of justice.

According to the indictment, the Parsonses “did knowingly and willfully dismember and destroy human remains of Erica Lynn Parsons, by any means, including removing body parts and otherwise obliterating any portion thereof.”

Thankfully, they’re already in prison so no one has to look far for them. North Carolina does have the death penalty and first-degree murder is a capital offense. However, due to the fact that the autopsy couldn’t discern an exact cause of death, and that North Carolina hasn’t executed anyone in 12 years, I doubt either of the Parsonses will receive the punishment they deserve.

(Sources)
Charlotte Observer
Salisbury Post

Erica Parsons’ autopsy released

Erica Parsons' autopsy released

Erica Parsons

Recently, the autopsy results of Erica Parsons were made public. Erica went missing in 2011 from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina, but wasn’t reported missing for two more years. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, have claimed that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina. While Erica was missing her adoptive parents continued to collect benefits for Erica and are now serving federal prison sentences for fraud. In 2016, Erica’s adoptive father Sandy, led police to where her remains had been buried.

Sadly, the results of the autopsy are not surprising since they detail much of the abuse that Erica had to endure

According to the report, which was released Tuesday, Erica was tortured and malnourished, and suffered through beatings that were so horrific they broke her bones. The medical examiner discovered she had broken and fractured bones from her face to her fingers.

In the report, the medical examiner says it’s possible Erica died from blunt force, suffocation or strangulation and classified her cause of death as “homicidal violence of undetermined means.”

According to the autopsy report, in the week before her 2011 disappearance, Erica’s siblings described her as looking gray with sunken eyes, smelling bad with open, oozing cuts, very weak and complaining of not being able to breathe.

The autopsy report showed that Erica suffered multiple blunt force injuries over a prolonged period of time, and a growth deficit and low bone density show she was malnourished.

The autopsy report can be read here.

In summation, the coroner has come to the conclusion that Erica died from unknown homicidal violence.

The Rowan County District Attorney’s Office has said that they are currently reviewing the autopsy report to determine what charges will be brought against Casey and Sandy Parsons.

North Carolina does currently have the death penalty, but there’s been a moratorium since 2006. There are three women currently on North Carolina’s death row. It will depend on the charges brought against the Parsonses if they will be eligible for the death penalty.

Backpage pimps pumped pregnant woman with drugs

Backpage pimps pumped pregnant woman with drugs

Gentry and Koberger

In Fayetteville, North Carolina, colloquially known as Fayette Nam, police arrested 22-year-old Jeremy Shane Gentry Jr. and 24-year-old Stanley Dwayne Olaf Koberger (Hasenpfeffer Incorporated) on human trafficking charges. According to police Gentry and Koberger are accused of allegedly coercing a pregnant woman into prostitution on Backpage by forcibly pumping her full of drugs.

The pregnant victim gave birth about a month before her due date in March. The arrest documents said the child tested positive for methamphetamine, cocaine and opiates shortly after being born at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Tell me again about consenting adults.

Let’s also not forget the money Backpage made from the victim’s ads.

Still little to no outrage to be found.

NC teacher gets no jail time for Snapchat sex with student

NC teacher gets no jail time for Snapchat sex with student

Summer Sparrow

41-year-old Summer Sparrow, I can’t make this up, was a high school teacher in Cherryville, North Carolina. She was arrested for having sex with a 17-year-old student she had been chatting with on Snapchat. While the age of consent in North Carolina is 16, it’s illegal for a teacher to have a sexual relationship with a student regardless of age.

The hook to this story is, Sparrow received no jail time for her transgressions. Instead, she lost her teaching license and has to stay out of trouble for a year or face jail time. If she stays out of trouble she can have her crime expunged from her criminal record.

While I’m not a trilby wearing neckbeard, I have to question if a male teacher who was arrested on similar charges would have been given such a sweet deal? We seem to have an impression in this country that when a woman has sex with a teenage boy it’s somehow more acceptable than if a man has sex with an underage teenage girl.

This woman is also a mother. How would she like it if a teacher had sex with one of her kids?

And once again, Snapchat is the avenue of choice for a teacher that was creeping on a student. Know who your kids are friends with and following on Snapchat.
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Charlotte man killed during LetGo transaction

Charlotte man killed during LetGo transaction

(Story broke 6/19/2017)

21-year-old Zack Finch was shot and killed on the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Father’s day while trying to buy a cell phone. Zack was using the classifieds app LetGo which has been involved in at least two other murders in its short life. Much like the recent craigslist killing of Brian Brown in Florida, Zack Finch was another athlete who had a bright future ahead of him. Instead he was gunned down by greedy cowards looking to make a fast buck regardless of the cost of life.

As I’ve said before, the old rules to making these transactions don’t apply anymore as Zack was shot in broad daylight in public. If you insist on using any of these classifieds sites or apps, please meet the other person involved at a police station. Most police stations now have areas set up specifically for these transactions.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Zack’s funeral expenses.

So far no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak to a homicide detective.

My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the friends and family of Zack Finch.

UPDATE 7/21/2017: Two unnamed 15-year-old have been arrested and charged with Zack Finch’s murder. Police say it appeared that there was no struggle and Zack Finch was simply shot on sight.

UPDATE 1/9/2018: One of the 15-year-olds, Jahzion Wilson, has been charged as an adult with Zachary Finch’s murder. Also charged was another unnamed 15-year-old and 17-year-old Demonte McCain.

Supreme Court overturns NC law banning sex offenders from social media

(Story broke 6/19/2017)

Back in the days of MySpace hysteria, the state of North Carolina made it illegal for any registered sex offender to be on social media. They were required to turn over their e-mail addresses and any social media accounts they had. It’s not like sex offenders are known liars and can create any number of alternate accounts, but I digress.

The Supreme Court has overturned that law stating that banning sex offenders from social media is a violation of their first amendment rights. You may be surprised to know, I’m not too broken up about this ruling. When this law was first enacted I was living in North Carolina. It was pushed for hard by then state Attorney General Roy Cooper. At that time I called it nothing more than ‘feel good’ legislation designed to garner reelection for Cooper by pandering to the soccer mom crowd. Considering that Cooper is now the Governor of NC, he’s got pandering down to an art form. I also referred to it as ‘The Dumbfish Law’ because I thought at the time only a ‘dumb fish’ would jump into the figurative boat helmed by Cooper, and not surprisingly some did. This legislation also didn’t address all the predators not on the sex offender registry nor did it prevent RSOs from creating dummy accounts.

The other thing I didn’t like about this legislation is the Government of North Carolina was basically absolving parents from doing their jobs of protecting their own children from online predators. It’s not the government’s job to raise your kids.

What I am curious to know is, what’s going to happen to all the sex offenders that were sent back to prison after violating this now unconstitutional law? I see a lot of lawsuits in the Tar Heel State’s future.