Three convicted as habitual felons
According to a press release from District Attorney Brandy Cook, Adam Fredrick Hellard was sentenced to a minimum of 58 months (4.8 years) and a maximum of 82 months (6.8 years) in prison after admitting his status as a habitual felon this week in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court. Hellard was convicted of felony breaking and/or entering a place of worship and felony attempted breaking and/or entering, in addition to other felonies.
On May 12, deputies responded to an alarm call at a business in Cleveland. Deputies observed the door to the business was damaged. It appeared that a vehicle was used to break the door. A witness stated he had run off a person and was able to get the tag number, which belonged to Hellard’s mother. During the investigation, deputies located a Ford Explorer that appeared to have paint on the bumper that was consistent with the paint from the door of the business. A photograph from a video at the business confirmed the identity of Adam Hellard. Similar damage was reported from a church and other homeowners in the area.
Hellard was previously convicted of felony breaking and/or entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny of a firearm and felony breaking and/or entering.
Brandi Michelle Fleming of Cooleemee was convicted of felony first-degree burglary and felony first-degree kidnapping, in addition to other felonies this week in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court. Fleming admitted her status as a habitual felon and was sentenced to a minimum of 88 months (7.3 years) to a maximum of 118 months (9.8 years) in prison.
On Sept. 4, deputies responded to a home in reference to a breaking and entering. The victim had noticeable injuries and deputies observed footprints in the grass leading away from the driveway. The victim stated that he was asleep and heard someone knocking at his door. He opened the door and observed a female, who he had met previously, and she needed to use his bathroom. As the victim allowed the female to enter his home, two males rushed in and tied his hands and feet together. The suspects were demanding pills and guns and ransacked the victim’s house. After the suspects left, the victim was able to free himself and call 911. During the investigation, detectives located Fleming, who admitted she was the person who knocked on the door but denied going into the house. Fleming had previously been convicted of felony uttering a forged instrument, larceny after breaking and/or entering and felony larceny of a motor vehicle, among other convictions.
Terry Glenn Christy of Landis was convicted of felony larceny, felony larceny of a firearm, felony breaking and/or entering, in addition to other felonies this week in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court. Christy admitted his status as a habitual felon and was sentenced to a minimum of 77 months (6.4 years) to a maximum of 105 months (8.7 years) in prison.
On March 14, the victim left her residence and had Christy watch her house while she was gone. After she returned, she noticed several items were missing. The victim received a phone call that Christy was bragging that he had taken the items. During the investigation, the victim located items belonging to her that had been pawned. Detectives were able to confirm that Christy was the person who had pawned the victim’s items.
Christy had previously been convicted of felony larceny, felony possession of stolen goods and felony breaking and/or entering, among other convictions.
District Attorney Cook stated that “the results of these cases demonstrates her office’s firm commitment to aggressively prosecuting habitual felons and removing these repeat offenders from our community with lengthy prison sentences.”