Man described as one of city’s worst offenders back in jail, mom talks ONLY ON 3

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Submitted: Fri, 08/23/2013 - 3:28am
Updated: Fri, 08/23/2013 - 12:59pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man Police Chief Ralph Evangelous dubbed one of Wilmington’s worst offenders is back behind bars.

Rashawn Hines, 19, was arrested last night for a felony probation violation.

Earlier this month, Evangelous criticized a visiting judge for letting Hines go on a probation violation Hines told us was bogus.

“A visiting judge dropped the ball and released one of our worst offenders back onto the streets,” Evangelous said during a news conference Aug. 8.

A few days later, we asked Hines in an ONLY ON 3 interview what he thought of the chief’s statements.

“They let me go. They get on TV saying I’m the worst criminal, the day I got out I was shooting. I was in here in the bed,” Hines said.

Less than two weeks later, Hines is back in jail. This time it’s for another felony probation violation.

According to court documents, Hines violated the terms of his probation when he was convicted Wednesday of resisting an officer.

Hines agreed to do a jailhouse interview with us, but when we arrived, he refused, saying there was nothing more to talk about.

His mother spoke on his behalf instead.

She says since his release from jail, her son had been staying out of trouble and attending school every day working toward his GED.

“He told us he was trying to change, you know? But what can he do?” Fredericka Hines said.

She says the whole reason he pleaded guilty is because his lawyer quit the day before his court date, and he did not have the time or money to get a new attorney.

“So he went in there to ask for a motion. The judge didn’t want to give him a motion,” Fredericka Hines said. “He said that case was going to be tried today. He wanted to hear it today. It had to be tried. So it was either find your lawyer right then out there in the courthouse, or you’re going to take care of it yourself.”

Fredericka Hines says her son did not feel he would be treated fairly.

“So he just went on and took the guilty plea, even though he didn’t feel he was guilty, but he just felt that he wasn’t going to have a fair trial, so that’s why he took a guilty plea,” she said.

Hines is in the New Hanover County Jail under $500,000 bond. He is due back in court Monday.

“The recent arrest of Rashawn Hines is the result of a combined effort with the Wilmington Police Department, the New Hanover County Courts and our local probation office,” Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said in a statement to WWAY. “We are committed to removing repeat offenders from our streets who fail to obey the law.”

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27 Comments on "Man described as one of city’s worst offenders back in jail, mom talks ONLY ON 3"

2015 years 8 months ago

Anothet piece of crap blaming everyone else but himself. Lock him up for life and throw away the key. The city is better off without him!

2015 years 8 months ago

The very reason the US has the highest incarceration rate is because the legal system is a joke! When prison is made to be a place one DOES NOT want to go, they would start thinking about those consequences BEFORE committing the crime. Three violent felonies and you’re in for the rest of your life, no questions asked, no “get out of jail free” card.

Here’s a start:
No education. That isn’t what prisons are for. I had to work hard to pay for my education, not commit crimes to get it.
No workout areas or basketball courts
12-14 hr a day work schedules at hard labor. That will serve as their “workout”.
Water only. No tea, no sodas.
One 40 watt light bulb in each cell. No paint.
Model the prisons identically after those known about in Mexico and Turkey.

Criminals are criminals. Those that prove their intent is to commit more crime (3-time offenders) will never be free to do it again. THAT, Monkey dude is how you reduce crime! Not through a bunch of mamby-pamby, Koom-bye-yahh hand slapping crap you describe.

2015 years 8 months ago

The stuff you call “hostile to the American way of life” is exactly what’s causing the problem, we aren’t doing it. We need to adopt a few hard lines with criminals to start making a difference. What we do now is fully in-effective. There is nothing at all “anti-American about the post you commented on. Step away from praying to your Obama bumper sticker and get real. His “change” ain’t happnin’!

Changes need to happen. The hammer needs to start dropping!

GuestRoland Stone
2015 years 8 months ago

NO NO NO!!! Not a work prison!….put him in a nursing home, so everything will be stole from him and molested at night!!

Fed Up
2015 years 8 months ago

I’m sure this is somehow the white man or the cop’s fault! This is so off of the news story subject but I have the chance to voice my feelings. I am one of the least racist people you will ever meet, in fact I am white and one of my best friends is black. However, I am so sick of everything that goes wrong in some blacks lives is because of the white man! Slavery was before our time and is no longer practiced so let it go and if you want to blame someone….blame your own, they are the ones who sold you to the white man! I guess we make them go out and steal, do drugs, murder…and so on! There ARE whites that do the same kind of things everyday but it is not the black mans fault. Every time something happens, the word racist is thrown out! Take responsibility for YOUR OWN actions and decisions ….black or white!!!!!!