FIRST ON 3:Strickland back to jail under $5M bond

WHITEVILLE,NC (WWAY) —A teen with ties to R.C. Soles is going back to jail. A judge this morning set Allen “Frog”Strickland’s bond at $5 million or $1 million with a GPS tracking device until a trial September 23 for charges of vandalism at Soles’s house from an incident back in February.

The judge said his primary responsibility is to protect the victim,in this case Sen. Soles,and to protect Strickland. The judge said the bond was not a punishment on Strickland,but that he took into account the fact that Soles has already shot one man who continually harassed the former senator at his home near Tabor City. The judge and attorneys discussed in open court that this case is being handled like a domestic violence case would be.

After today’s hearing,Soles told WWAY he does not pay for Strickland’s bond,but that he does give his money to Strickland and other young men,because he is trying to help them because they’ve had such troubled pasts.

Soles told the judge he thought the case against Strickland would be dismissed,but a deal in the works fell apart yesterday afternoon. Soles said he came to the hearing voluntarily,because he assumed he would be subpoenaed if not. Soles has been subpoenaed to testify against Strickland at trial.

Today’s hearing came after Strickland landed in jail earlier this month after more vandalism at Soles’s home. This time,Soles called a police officer’s cell phone after Strickland allegedly broke a window on the house and a taillight on Soles’s car. A magistrate released Strickland on a $1,000 secured bond after he turned himself in the day after the incident.

Strickland turned himself in to Tabor City Police back in February after investigators say he and B.J. Wright rammed the gates at Soles’s home and did donuts in the yard before leading police on a high-speed chase. That case is the one scheduled for trial next month.

Police arrested Strickland again in April for another round of vandalism at the former senator’s home. When a judge set Strickland’s bond at $500,000,the teen,with no known job or legitimate source of income,bonded out within 90 minutes.

“I feel very sorry for the young man,”a teary Soles said after that bond hearing on April 7. “I wish him well,and I don’t wish him any ill will.”

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FIRST ON 3:Strickland back to jail under $5M bond

WHITEVILLE,NC (WWAY) —A teen with ties to R.C. Soles is going back to jail. A judge this morning set Allen “Frog”Strickland’s bond at $5 million or $1 million with a GPS tracking device until a trial September 23 for charges of vandalism at Soles’s house from an incident back in February.

The judge said his primary responsibility is to protect the victim,in this case Sen. Soles,and to protect Strickland. The judge said the bond was not a punishment on Strickland,but that he took into account the fact that Soles has already shot one man who continually harassed the former senator at his home near Tabor City. The judge and attorneys discussed in open court that this case is being handled like a domestic violence case would be.

After today’s hearing,Soles told WWAY he does not pay for Strickland’s bond,but that he does give his money to Strickland and other young men,because he is trying to help them because they’ve had such troubled pasts.

Soles told the judge he thought the case against Strickland would be dismissed,but a deal in the works fell apart yesterday afternoon. Soles said he came to the hearing voluntarily,because he assumed he would be subpoenaed if not. Soles has been subpoenaed to testify against Strickland at trial.

Today’s hearing came after Strickland landed in jail earlier this month after more vandalism at Soles’s home. This time,Soles called a police officer’s cell phone after Strickland allegedly broke a window on the house and a taillight on Soles’s car. A magistrate released Strickland on a $1,000 secured bond after he turned himself in the day after the incident.

Strickland turned himself in to Tabor City Police back in February after investigators say he and B.J. Wright rammed the gates at Soles’s home and did donuts in the yard before leading police on a high-speed chase. That case is the one scheduled for trial next month.

Police arrested Strickland again in April for another round of vandalism at the former senator’s home. When a judge set Strickland’s bond at $500,000,the teen,with no known job or legitimate source of income,bonded out within 90 minutes.

“I feel very sorry for the young man,”a teary Soles said after that bond hearing on April 7. “I wish him well,and I don’t wish him any ill will.”

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