WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- A judge today set a $500,000 bond for Allen "Frog" Strickland, the Columbus County teen accused of vandalizing the law office and home of Sen. R.C. Soles over the weekend among other offenses. Within 90 minutes of the hearing ending, Strickland was already out of the Columbus County jail, according to a booking officer, who said a local bail bond company posted the bond.
During the afternoon hearing the judge denied a request to ask where bond came, as has been done for B.J. Wright, a friend of Strickland also charged for vandalizing the former senator's home earlier this year.
The judge said Strickland's case is different from Wright's because Wright hid from police when he was charged. Strickland, on the other hand, has routinely showed up for his court dates.
"We're happy that the judge increased the bond," Assistant District Attorney Fred Gore said. "We look forward to trying this case the 18th of this month."
Soles was in the courtroom for today's hearing, along with seven members of the Tabor City Police Department, who have spent a lot of time and resources dealing with Strickland, Wright and other young men with ties to Soles, who retired this year as the longest serving member in the history of the state legislature.
"I feel very sorry for the young man," Sole said. "I wish him well, and I don't wish him any ill will."
Soles said he is friends with Strickland, but that he hopes his property will be safe for the time being.