Grand jury indicts Soles


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Submitted: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 6:35pm
Updated: Wed, 06/08/2011 - 4:18pm By:

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County grand jury indicted Sen. R.C. Soles for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Last month, a grand jury found probable cause to believe Soles had acted unlawfully when he shot 22-year-old Kyle Blackburn, a client of his law firm. Soles said former client Kyle Blackburn was trying to break into his home outside Tabor City when the shooting took place five months ago.

Today a grand jury decided there was enough evidence to move forward with a trial for North Carolina’s longest serving state senator. The grand jury met at the Columbus County Court House behind close doors. Nine new members were selected to replace those who had fulfilled their service since granting the presentment last month.

Just after 2 p.m. the jury returned 59 true bills of indictment, one indicting Soles for assault with a deadly weapon, which is a Class E felony.

If he’s found guilty Soles could serve up to two and a half years in prison. His next court date is scheduled for February 10.

Soles’s attorneys Joe Cheshire and Brad Bannon said in a statement: "We are disappointed with the indictment of Senator Soles and maintain that he was acting in defense of himself and his home on August 23. We will continue to work with the Attorney General’s Office to resolve this unfortunate matter, consistent with the truth. Absent any new developments, we will have no further public comment about it."

No word yet on when soles will be arrested or turn himself in.

33 Comments

  • Lady Gaga says:

    He is the same jerk off that has voted anti gun in every legislation and decides to pick up a gun and shoot someone. Guns are good enough for him but not for us… What a tool. Karma is a funny drug.

  • jmm says:

    If someone, whether I knew them or not, was kicking in my door and did not listen to my warnings…I shoot them too!!! The low life bum got what he deserved!

  • Joe Jenkins says:

    Since when do politicians have morals.

  • Guest22 says:

    Which laws you speak of?

  • GuestLEO says:

    To shoot someone you have to have reasonable fear that your life is in danger, reasonable as in any reasonable person would have done the same thing. Shooting someone leaving the property, posing no immediate threat is against the law. It’s no different than someone shooting someone the next day.

    And there is video tape of the shooting.

  • Rosen says:

    Soles has spent his life supporting laws that criminalize citizens that own guns for the purpose of defending their property. If he had any moral character, which he does not, he would accept the punishments he supports and voted into law. As usual here is a politician that is representing himself not the people and only interested in saving his own neck.

  • conde says:

    You probably voted for Obama too! What a bunch of hypocrites. I guess you are part of the group who thinks you can tell the rest of us how to live but laws—or your own words—don’t apply to you?

  • Guest 716 says:

    I can’t beleive that the Democratic Party is still supporting Mr. Soles. This goes to show their integerity and morals. He should be asked to step down. For those who do not think that a persons personal life does not go along with his professional life is badly mistaken. Mr. Soles should be treated as any other citizen and abide by the same rules and laws. The Republicans are correct in their statement that this is not a political item. Do the right thing Mr. Soles and resign your position. Do not embrass the Democrates any more.

  • Janster says:

    Long time Anti-Gun Advocate State Senator R.C. Soles, 74, shot one of two intruders at his home just outside TaborCity, N.C. about 5 p.m. Sunday, the prosecutor for the politician’s home county said.
    The victim, Kyle Blackburn, was taken to a South Carolina hospital, but the injuries were not reported to be life-threatening, according to Rex Gore, district attorney for Columbus, Bladen andBrunswick counties..
    The State Bureau of Investigation and Columbus County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the shooting, Gore said. Soles, who was not arrested,declined to discuss the incident Sunday evening.
    “I am not in a position to talk to you,” Soles said by telephone. “I’m right in the middle of an investigation.”
    Soles, a top-ranking Democrat and the longest-serving member of the legislature, already was the subject of an SBI investigation over sexual misconduct allegations with former male clients. (FHW – Now, that sounds more like a liberal to me).

    The Senator, who has made a career of being against gun ownership for the general public, didn’t hesitate to defend himself with his own gun when he believed he was in immediate danger and he was the victim.
    In typical hypocritical liberal fashion, the “Do As I Say And Not As I Do” Anti-Gun Activist Lawmaker picked up his gun and took action in what apparently was a self-defense shooting. Why hypocritical you may ask? It is because his long legislative record shows that the actions that he took to protect his family, his own response to a dangerous life threatening situation, are actions that he feels ordinary citizens should not have if they were faced with an identical situation.

    It has prompted some to ask if the Senator believes his life and personal safety is more valuable than yours or mine.
    But, this is to be expected from those who believe they can run our lives, raise our kids, and protect our families better than we can

  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith says:

    I couldn’t have said it better. Does this guy think his life or family is more worthy of being defended with a fire arm than the average tax payer??? You bet I hope his lawyer wins this case… in fact, I bet the NRA could give him some advice… Wouldn’t that be a kick in the…

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …know the law or the facts of this incident.

    Using a firearm against another human being constitutes “deadly force.”

    You can legally use said deadly force when you are in fear of death or grievous bodily injury for yourself or another person.

    Soles shot this guy in the front yard, AFTER they were trying to break down his door. It is also reported that the guy was shot in the BACK of his leg. That will be established or dismissed at trial, and if it is found to be true, it is prima facie evidence that Soles was not being attacked.

    Regardless of a person’s crimninal history or general worthlessness as a human being, you can’t shoot someone because they WERE threatening you or because they WERE attacking you. Once the attack ceases, the right to use deadly force ceases.

    If the facts as reported are true, Soles deserves a stay at the crossbar hotel.

  • Grand Old Party says:

    We are all outraged that you and your husband are outraged. What a shame. I am sure the fact that he has been accused of molesting young boys has nothing to do with this, it is all just political.

    One more thing: We and most of our friends and family are against Soles 110% that beats you buy 10%

  • A. Gore says:

    My husband and I are outraged at this indictment.

    Soles was defending himself and his home from a young man who has been in and out of criminal mischief. He was at Soles’ house, trying to break down the door, and threatening to do bodily harm.

    This indictment looks politically motivated to us.

    One more thing: We and most of our friends and family are behind Soles 100%.

  • Cregg Calhoun says:

    He should serve twenty life sentences for the hypocrital laws he promoted !
    You should not have had a gun in your home to began with with your beliefs ,.

    In my house thier is guns with no vidio tape so they’ll have to go on what I say happened that’s my kingdom !

  • circle8 says:

    Don’t you love these stinking liberals that claim America can not be trusted with owning a firearm and then he shoots A FORMER CLIENT THAT WENT TO HIS HOUSE TO SEE WHY SOLES SCREWED HIM OUT OF SOME MONEY. Then the S C legislators said he was acting in self defense. According to the original story they were in the house discussing the money issue when Soles went for his gun and shot the man. He can protect himself from a client but we as Americans should not be allowed to protect ourselves. He deserves to be jailed for years. Remember liberals always say “DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO”. They think they are special and to that I say B S.

  • Guest says:

    The fact that the scumbag was shot in the back of the leg is not proof that he was leaving. It could simply show that when he saw the gun being brandished and pointed at him that he turned in an effort to avoid a deadly shot. Soles should be fairly tried based on all the evidence and have the law fairly applied to him. If he is innocent of any crime then he should be OK in court, if he is not innocent then let the punishment fit the crime.

    My only comment about him is he is typical of most politicians who seem to think they are better than the average Joe. In my opinion this blatant display of his twisted two faced thinking should spell the end of his political career even if he does manage to get away with the shooting.

  • The Papa says:

    Isn’t it a wonder that, even when staring them in the face, people just don’t seem to get it! Soles is not my State Senator, a friend of the family or living in my neighborhood. He is simply a politician that talks out of both sides of his mouth. For those of you that are missing then point, it is simply this. He deserves a fair and impartial trial based on the facts of the case, not hear say. The one fact that is true is that he believes that he is “different” than you or me. He consistently votes against the public at large (that’s you and me) from owning a firearm, but believes he should be allowed to own one because he is “different”. Why is that? He is a citizen of the United States, and as such, is protected by the Second Amendment. You and I are also presented that very same right. Why is it that he should be able to own a firearm, and not you or me? It’s true…you don’t have to own one, but you are entitled to own one, as am I.

  • Guest920 says:

    Then you and your family have never paid attention to the lifestyle of RC Soles.

  • Synquest says:

    I can’t believe how many people support this crook. Might they be the same people that voted for Obama?

  • Guest1978 says:

    For all those that think Soles should not have been indicted because he was defending his life and property are wrong. Blackburn was shot in the back of the thigh and the security video showed Blackburn and Wright leaving the property. That means that his life and property were no longer in danger.

    Granted Blackburn and Wright are career criminals and should be charged with attempting to break into his house, but they were leaving and he did not have to shoot Blackburn. So just because he is a State Senator doesn’t mean he should recieves special treatment. Also on another note if anyone else in the county had been arrested for the same felony they would have recieved more than a $5,000 unsecured bond.

  • Johnny Reb says:

    Isn’t it amusing how this rabid, anti-gun nut happens to have a gun in his own home and manages to shoot someone in the back of the leg who was “supposedly” breaking and entering? It’s about time that this POS got a dose of reality.

  • Tom says:

    “One more thing: We and most of our friends and family are behind Soles 100%.”

    How can you possibly be behind an anti gun senator owning AND USING a firearm in self defense of his family? I implore you to rethink this position… Are you ok?

    I for one hope he wins his case because his attorneys will have to argue like rabid dogs using using everything he’s sought to suppress for 40 years.

    I’ll tell you what “SHOULD” have happened –

    “Honey I hear a noise outside..”

    “Well what am I supposed to do about it. WE DON’T HAVE A GUN.”

    “Honey, I think someone’s breaking into the house.”

    “Well lets get on the floor now and show him where the safe is so we don’t piss him off!”

  • Janster1 says:

    Long time Anti-Gun Advocate State Senator R.C. Soles, 74, shot one of two intruders at his home just outside TaborCity, N.C. about 5 p.m. Sunday, the prosecutor for the politician’s home county said.
    The victim, Kyle Blackburn, was taken to a South Carolina hospital, but the injuries were not reported to be life-threatening, according to Rex Gore, district attorney for Columbus, Bladen andBrunswick counties..
    The State Bureau of Investigation and Columbus County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the shooting, Gore said. Soles, who was not arrested,declined to discuss the incident Sunday evening.
    “I am not in a position to talk to you,” Soles said by telephone. “I’m right in the middle of an investigation.”
    Soles, a top-ranking Democrat and the longest-serving member of the legislature, already was the subject of an SBI investigation over sexual misconduct allegations with former male clients. (FHW – Now, that sounds more like a liberal to me).

    The Senator, who has made a career of being against gun ownership for the general public, didn’t hesitate to defend himself with his own gun when he believed he was in immediate danger and he was the victim.
    In typical hypocritical liberal fashion, the “Do As I Say And Not As I Do” Anti-Gun Activist Lawmaker picked up his gun and took action in what apparently was a self-defense shooting. Why hypocritical you may ask? It is because his long legislative record shows that the actions that he took to protect his family, his own response to a dangerous life threatening situation, are actions that he feels ordinary citizens should not have if they were faced with an identical situation.

    It has prompted some to ask if the Senator believes his life and personal safety is more valuable than yours or mine.
    But, this is to be expected from those who believe they can run our lives, raise our kids, and protect our families better than we can

  • Guest13 says:

    Let’s hope that the case continues like Soles was an average person, not with the political clout he has. The trouble is, look at all the comments from supporters who are unwilling to see anything beyond the end of their noses – just like those who still support R. Hewett. Until people are willing to admit those who are in power are capable of less than stellar conduct, our country will continue its decline. Leaders should be above corruption and guilt. Those who continue to support them are just as guilty – maybe more so – because what they apparently get from them is more important than what the man is. It is not political, it is moral … period.

  • Guest757 says:

    Finally !!! someone is doing something about this man running all over Columbus County and thinking he was above the law. In the past he has had a lot of people in his back pocket, but things are changing… It’s about time..

    I hope with this indictment it shows all others that things are changing for the better.. They can’t just do what they want when they want..

    FINALLY !!!!!

    hear that Rex ???

  • Guest2222 says:

    I can’t believe what I am hearing on the news tonight. People feel he shouldn’t be indicted?

    Did they NOT follow the story that WWAY reported.

    He was afraid for his life, really so you go outside without calling 911.
    Blackburn kicked in his door, so he’s shot in the back of his leg.
    I am just really glad he had a security camera, or he would have gotten away with another thing..

    Come on people look at the whole story.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    you miss a crucial point.

    A verdict should not be based on local gossip or neighborhood, sly innuendo.

    A verdict should be based on fact.

    Every person is entitled to a fair and impartial trial by jury, if he so desires, or by a Judge. Everyone is deemed innocent until proven guilty. We have something in the Country called a Bill of Rights which protects the individual’s inalienable rights. Maybe you should read it and the Constitution.

    As to the amount of bail required, think about the intent of bail. Bail is intended to allow the release of a person charged with a crime until his trial takes place. It’s intended to ensure the charged individual shows up for trial. We’re talking a 70 something year old man who is caring for his 98 year old Father. In all liklihood, although it was not reported, he was likely required to surrender his passport.

    You can bet he’ll be there when the trial opens. I wish I had the time to sit in the court and watch his team of attorneys question these youthful miscreants; and rest assured they will. If you’ve followed the news reports, they hardly seem literate; I can imagine his attorneys will have a field day of questioning them.

    Oh, if you’re counting on all that personal stuff coming out in open court; be ready for disappointment. You can rest assured his attorneys will object vehemently to any question on any activity which is not directly related to the shooting. And a judge will have to concur. This trial will be about the shooting and only the shooting. Activities of 15 or more years ago, or activities surrounding “Frog” will be irrelevant to the trial.

    Of course, while there is a court date set in Feburary, don’t get your hopes up the trial will quickly follow.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    can happen between now and the next court date in February.

    Note the Defense Counsel comment “…We will continue to work with the Attorney General’s Office to resolve this unfortunate matter, consistent with the truth…”

    Ubless this goes down the plea bargain route, this will not be resolved in a quick manner.

  • Columbus is Fed Up says:

    A quote from Abraham Lincoln seems especially appropriate as it relates to the private life of Senator Soles:
    “You can fool some of the people all the time, and all the people some of the time, but you can’t fool ALL the people ALL the time.”

    Or to put it in today’s lingo: Mr. Soles, your gig is up!

  • senate justice ! says:

    Hopefully this will send a message to the crooked politicians who abuse their postions

  • captaink says:

    What ashame that this senior senator at this time in his life is going through this turmoil. I hope it all goes well for him. He has done a tremendous job for our state

  • issolesgoingdown says:

    Soles will have to go to the bank on this one, to pay off his attorney, pay off the boy he shot, pay off the jurors and prosecutor if he is to get out of this.

    Hopefully there will be some justice though.

  • Guest565 says:

    This verdict is an injustice. Senator Soles, a good man who has done so much for Southeastern NC, is being punished for defending himself from hooligans who were at his house threatening him and his property.

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