2017-12-28 / Front Page

Cade sentenced to 35 years, found guilty of assault, battery

Superior Court Judge Thomas “Britt” Hammond recently sentenced Raekwon Cade to 35 years in prison with the last 10 years on probation, following a bench trial held on December 13. The case stemmed from an attack with a gun on two teens by Cade, following a social media dispute, back on September 10, 2016.

According to officials, the dispute then escalated, as Cade’s mother, Portia Curry, joined in and threatened one of the two teenagers with a metal pole while they were all standing outside.

Curry subsequently pled guilty this past June to one count of aggravated assault.

Later that day, after receiving calls from his mother and sister requesting he come, Cade got a ride to the area and walked down First Baptist Street with a gun in hand. Cade began waving the gun at the small crowd gathered outside of the apartments formerly occupied by both the victim’s and Cade’s families.

When the two teenagers at the center of the dispute took off running, Cade chased after one of them, knocked him to the ground by striking him in the face with the gun, and then proceeded to kick him in the mouth. It was only after the victim’s aunt and cousin came to his assistance that Cade ceased attacking the victim.

As a result of the assault, the victim in the case was knocked unconscious, suffered a partial loss of vision in one eye, and lost several teeth.

ChiefAssistant DistrictAttorney Rindi Harbeson and Assistant District Attorney Graham Hall prosecuted the state’s case against Cade. Multiple witnesses testified about the incident during the trial, which lasted until 8:30 p.m. that night.

At the conclusion of hearing all the evidence, Judge Hammond found Cade guilty on multiple counts, including aggravated battery, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

After the trial, District Attorney Bill Doupé commended the efforts of Chief Brandon Lively and Officer Missie Goldman of the Lincolnton Police Department, along with Lincoln County Sheriff Investigator Major Jim Wallen for their assistance in the case, which resulted in the guilty verdict.

Additionally, a total of 41 guilty pleas were heard by Judge Hammond between December 13 and 14. The guilty pleas included both felony and misdemeanor cases. The charges ranged from possession of drugs and driving under the influence to theft and aggravated stalking.

The two days concluded the bench trial calendar and marked the conclusion of the 2017 Lincoln County Superior Court trial term.

District Attorney Doupé also praised the efforts of Sheriff Paul Reviere and his deputies for the successful year in court.

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