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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.

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2016 years 2 months ago

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… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

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… Read more »

Johnny Reb
2016 years 2 months ago

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.

2016 years 2 months ago

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… Read more »

Mr. & Mrs. Smith
2016 years 2 months ago

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…

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