County pays $15K to FBI fugitive, part of Freeman Park land deal


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — What does Tupac Shakur, Cuba and Freeman Park have in common? The three have a strange connection that resulted in a check for more than $15,000 being released after a decade.

Early this month, Superior Court Judge Joshua Willey ruled that the Clerk of New Hanover County Superior Court Jan Kennedy release the money to the sister of an FBI fugitive.

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The Port City Daily broke the news last week.

Kennedy says she fought for 10 years to keep the money from Assata Shakur, a convicted murderer and fugitive believed to be living in Cuba.

Willey ordered the payment as part of the land deal between a private company and the descendants of the Freeman family who owned land at Freeman Park.

Shakur is Tupac Shakur’s godmother.

Kennedy confirmed Monday because of Shakur’s status as a fugitive, they worked to block the payment.

The new order requires payment to Shakur’s sister Beverly Goins.

It is now up to the feds to seize the funds.