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Former ABC administrator's trial to move out of Wilmington


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Former New Hanover County Alcoholic Beverage Control Administrator Billy Williams will not go on trial in New Hanover County. Instead, his trial is moving to Onslow County, as long as some administrative hurdles can be cleared.

In February Williams pleaded not guilty to felony charges of obtaining property under false pretenses. He is accused of using public money from a contract to build an ABC store in Porters Neck to pay contractor Lee Cowper to build a garage on Williams's personal property. Williams could serve up to 30 months in prison if convicted.

Williams retired last year after 42 years in the local ABC system amid outrage that he and his son were making about $350,000 combined to run the county's liquor business. The elder Williams continues to collect a pension of about $100,000.

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