Man shot by Sen. Soles says lawmaker paid him $100,000 to keep quiet

WHITEVILLE, NC (WRAL) -— A man who was shot last summer by Sen. R.C. Soles said Tuesday that the Democratic lawmaker has paid him more than $100,000 over the last seven years reports WRAL-TV in Raleigh.

In an interview with WRAL News, Kyle Blackburn, 23, discussed the shooting at Soles's home and his relationship with Soles, a Tabor City lawyer who has served in the General Assembly for more than 40 years.

Soles's law office referred all questions to his Raleigh attorney, Joe Cheshire.

"They are conducting a media campaign that contradicts Mr. Blackburn's conduct in the criminal investigation and appears designed to harm Sen. Soles," Cheshire said in a statement. "It wasn't right on Aug. 23, 2009, and it is not right today."

Blackburn, a former legal client of Soles who has been convicted of felony breaking and entering, said Soles has for years given him and other men cash.

"He doesn't help anybody and everybody. He helps people who know something about him, something he doesn't want told. He'll give them whatever they ask for to keep them quiet," Blackburn said.

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations that Soles fondled a 27-year-old Columbus County man more than a decade ago. After making the claim in a television interview, the man recanted.

Blackburn said he was never molested, but he said Soles has assaulted him in the past.

"He kicked me right upside the head with some little, pointy elf shoes," he said.

Last Aug. 23, Blackburn said he, his girlfriend and buddy B.J. Wright went to Soles house because Wright needed some money. He said nobody answered the door, so they hung out on a pier at the lake behind Soles' house until Blackburn's girlfriend spotted Soles peering out of a window.

"B.J. came knocking on the door, hooping and hollering. He still wouldn't come to the door," Blackburn said, noting that Wright then drove his SUV around in Soles's front yard.

"Here comes B.J. and just karate kicks the door. I said, 'OK, Lord don't do that. Mr. Soles is going to kill both of us,'" Blackburn said.

Soles finally opened the door and fired a shot, Blackburn said. As he ran away, he was shot in the back of his leg.

"I froze up, and I couldn't move," he said. "He's steady, holding the gun on me, shaking."

Soles, 75, has always maintained he was protecting himself and his property in the shooting. A Columbus County grand jury indicted him in January on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, but he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in the case and paid a $1,000 fine.

Cheshire noted in his statement that Blackburn and Wright agreed to the plea deal because they didn't want Soles prosecuted.

Still, Blackburn said he was speaking out to set the record straight about the incident.

"R.C. said I was kicking his door. I never kicked his door," he said.

Since the shooting, Blackburn said, he hasn't spoken to Soles. He said he considers their relationship over, and he plans to sue the lawmaker over the shooting.

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Just why does WWAY keep Senator Soles in the news when he is not doing anything that is news worthy?

Can you say? Obstruction of Justice and public corruption. Just ask Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewitt, Former Speaker Jim Black, and Former Representative Thomas Wright what they have to say about these terms. Wait, have they all been released from Federal Prison yet? Hope R.C. Soles is the next to go!!!!!

He's admitting taking 100,000 dollars hush money. Great, now you have a kid admitting to future federal charges. Tax evasion?? If this can be traced directly to Soles, it hits him also. WWAY, you aught to look into this, its better than the competitors stories about pay!

There must be some truth in this kid's story or else why was Soles indicted. My goodness, he shot Blackburn in the back. Soles' attorney states this guy didn't want him prosecuted. I bet because Soles paid him off. I hope the Feds investigate this because Senator Soles has made a joke of the NC legislature.

Seems Credible.

Obviously, there is some truth in his story or Soles wouldn't have been indicted. Yikes!!!

must have closed the check book. So now, file a lawsuit to get access to the Senator's resources or insurance.

There's always a blood sucking lawyer hiding in the weeds somewhere waiting for an opportunity.

I think the blood sucking attorney you are referring to is one of the best in the state.

Attorneys on every street corner will lead an "injured" party to believe they will gain all kings of large awards. Then the dust settles and the blood sucker walks with more of the judgement than the "injured" party.

Not certain if you were serious or not. Do you know the blood sucker personally?

Would it be considered cannibalism for one sleazy lawyer to go after another sleazy lawyer?

That could be a dangerous precedent... think of this: If one sleazy lawyer eats another, a next sleazy lawyer would come along to sue the estate of the first lawyer for serving rotten meat.

Kyle Blackburn was convicted of "felony breaking and entering." Soles has given him $100,000, and now Blackburn wants more money.
What on earth was Soles thinking when he got invovled with this low-life?

This Blacburn guy is a very unsavory character. Considering his criminal past, no wonder Soles was afraid Kyle would break down his door and do him physical harm.

Had I been in Soles' place, I would have done exactly what Soles did--shoot to wound. Lucky for Blackburn that Soles aimed at his leg and not at his head.

You must not know kyle he comes from a family that is very up standing. He never got into any kind of trouble until he met R.C. Soles then all of a sudden he is getting in to trouble. There is alot going on with R.C. Soles that is being sweep ed under the rug every one are looking at the young men instead of looking at the old man. I don't care who you are if someone is throwing money at you all the time you will take it.

If Soles was so afraid of Blackburn or anyone else on his property then answer just 2 questions why no 911 call ? and why did he open his door ? If I was afraid for my life I would never open up my front door.

Now, what else is on the video tapes from Soles house ???

Soles has been doing this for many, many years it's all just coming out now..

I know from experience that one's past does not necessarilly dictate his/her future. People can learn from their mistakes and move foward. That said, it is Blackburn's current actions that speak louder than his unsavory past. He took the money, right? and now is on the news and talking of sueing. Not very credible. He has some painful life lessons to learn.

Just when you think this trashy soap opera is done, more scum floats to the top.

You kick in my door and you will not only get shot, but it WILL NOT be in the leg.

I bet Soles wishes he had aimed higher. Then none of this would be an issue.