If a North Carolina resident takes a person he or she does not have custody over against the person's will, that resident could be accused of kidnapping. For example, a parent who does not have custody of a child could be accused of kidnapping depending on the circumstance.
On June 20, a North Carolina man was taken into custody after he was accused of forcing a family to take him shopping at gunpoint. The 29-year-old man was ultimately charged with second-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
North Carolina residents might feel a little safer now after the authorities conducted the largest gang sweep ever in the state. Federal indictments named 83 people, and many of them were taken into custody on May 18. The suspects are all alleged members of the United Blood Nation, related to the infamous Bloods from California. The sweep targeted a sect of the UBN known as Nine Trey Gangsters. Some of the crimes listed in the indictment range back to 2010 and include homicides, firearms and drug trafficking, bank fraud and robbery.
On May 17, it was reported that the North Carolina House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow courts to try those under the age of 18 as juveniles for most offenses. The state remains the only one in the nation to still charge 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for all crimes, no matter how minor.
In North Carolina, a premeditated killing is likely to be considered first-degree murder. However, it is also possible to face such a charge if a killing takes place during the commission of another felony regardless of whether or not it is intentional. For instance, if someone was killed during the commission of a rape or kidnapping, the first-degree murder charge would apply. Penalties for committing first-degree murder include either life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.
North Carolina residents may know that President Donald Trump has made fighting crime a priority. However, the crime rate has actually fallen drastically in the past quarter century. According to FBI data, the violent crime rate has fallen by roughly 50 percent from 1993 to 2015. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that the rate has fallen by 77 percent during that same time period.
On Jan. 5, a North Carolina pastor was taken into police custody after he was accused of being involved in nine armed robberies in the Charlotte area. The 47-year-old man reportedly leads the True Love Church of Refuge.
On Oct. 10, a 20-year-old North Carolina woman pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of her 50-year-old father and was sentenced for the murder and for concealing his death. She received a sentence of 25 years for the murder and a sentence of 5 to 7 years for attempting to hide his body.
In North Carolina, it is a Class G felony for a felon to purchase, possess or be in control of a firearm. Section 14-415.1, the Felony Firearms Act, applies to anyone who is under indictment or may have been convicted in any state or court in the United States. It does not apply when the felony conviction pertains to restraint of trade, antitrust violations or unfair trading practices. It also does not pertain to individuals who have been pardoned.
On Sept. 28, it was reported that a North Carolina man who admitted to being a habitual felon was sentenced to at least seven years in prison. According to the report, he pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges, including possession of a stolen motor vehicle, identity theft and others.