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Two habitual felons convicted

SALISBURY — William Kimble of Concord was convicted this week in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of felony sex offender residence violation. Kimble admitted to his status as a habitual felon and Judge Joseph N. Crosswhite sentenced him to a minimum of 87 months to a maximum of 117 months in prison.

On March 6, 2015, Kimble, a registered sex offender, reported to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office that he was moving to Institute Street in Salisbury. The address was approximately 470 feet from Livingstone Head Start, a daycare. Kimble was advised he could not live at this address since he is prohibited from living within 1,000 feet of a school or daycare.

Kimble reported to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office that he was moving back to Concord in Cabarrus County. A few months later, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office received information that Kimble recently reported that his address was in fact Institute Street. Kimble admitted to law enforcement that he had not moved from the Salisbury address to the Concord address.

Kimble had previously been convicted of felony hit and run, felony possession of a motor vehicle, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, and felony indecent liberties with a child, among other convictions.

Joseph P. Lightsey II, of Salisbury, was convicted this week in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of two counts of felony possession of firearm by convicted felon, two counts of felony possession of a stolen firearm, several felony counts of breaking and/or entering a motor vehicle, and additional offenses. Lightsey, II admitted his status as a habitual felon and Judge Joseph N. Crosswhite sentenced him to a minimum of 66 months to a maximum of 92 months in prison.

In February, 2015, officers with the Salisbury Police Department responded to various calls for service involving breaking and/or entering into motor vehicles.

A victim reported that a motor vehicle had been stolen from West Glenview Drive. The victim reported that a truck was left unlocked in the driveway and money, a jacket, and shotgun shells had been taken.

A victim reported that her vehicle had been stolen from Statesville Boulevard. The victim stated that she had parked her vehicle in front of her home and the next day, it was gone. A few days later, officers located the vehicle behind apartments at West Fisher Street.

A victim reported that her vehicle had been broken into on Wesley Drive and a bag, which contained a computer, had been stolen. The victim thought she had locked her vehicle but was not sure.

Officers with the Salisbury Police Department executed a search warrant on a home located on South West Street in Salisbury. Officers located a .40 caliber pistol that had been stolen from a person’s vehicle. Officers also located some items that had been stolen from previous breaking and entering into vehicles, including a key to the stolen motor vehicle.

Officers located items that Lightsey had pawned at Quick Cash Pawn on Statesville Boulevard. The items had been stolen from a home on Richmond Road. The victim stated that the property had been taken from a storage shed.

On February 20, 2015, officers stopped a vehicle and Lightsey was found inside. He was arrested and denied knowing anything about the crimes.

Lightsey had previously been convicted of several counts of felony breaking and/or entering a motor vehicle and felony obtaining property by false pretenses, among other convictions.

District Attorney Brandy Cook stated that she appreciated the hard work of Assistant District Attorneys Tim Gould and Jennifer Suneson in prosecuting two repeat offenders who received lengthy prison sentences. Cook stated that “citizens can reduce their risk of being victimized by always locking the doors to their vehicles and homes.”

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