Habitual felon convicted to more than 10 years in prison

Published 4:25 pm Wednesday, January 24, 2018

SALISBURY — Cory Antwon Mahatha of Concord was convicted this week of felony fleeing to elude arrest and being a habitual felon.

After the jury’s verdict in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court, Judge Lori Hamilton sentenced Mahatha to a minimum of 97 months to a maximum of 129 months in prison.

In March, deputies with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office were sitting in an unmarked vehicle when they received reports of an assault. The deputies saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and tried to stop it.

The driver, later identified as Mahatha, accelerated, reaching speeds of 100 mph. The vehicle eventually stopped and Mahatha ran but was found lying in a creek.

Mahatha has previous convictions for felony possession with intent to sell cocaine, felony possession of cocaine and felony obtaining property by false pretenses, among other.

Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook said in a news release that she appreciated the joint effort on behalf of Assistant District Attorney Tim Gould and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in removing a repeat offender from the streets.