Two Rowan men sentenced to prison for drug offenses

Published 6:49 pm Thursday, October 10, 2019

GREENSBORO — Two Rowan County men were sentenced to prison late last week for unrelated drug offenses, according to U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin of the Middle District of North Carolina.

One of them is awaiting trial on charges in an August 2018 double murder at Town Creek Park.

Willie Earl Williams Jr., 34 of Salisbury, was sentenced Oct. 4 to just over eight years (98 months) in prison by Judge N. Carlton Tilley Jr. in federal court in Greensboro. Williams pleaded guilty to charges of distribution of a substance containing 5 grams or more of methamphetamine in Rowan County.

Williams was ordered to serve a five-year term of supervised release after completing his sentence. According to documents filed in court, Williams sold methamphetamine or crack on six occasions between May 9, 2018, and June 5, 2018, to an informant and an undercover officer.

In September 2018, Williams was the third person charged with two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of Sabrina Annette Curzi, 40, and her boyfriend, Darryl Allen Wright, 34.

Joshua Dwayne Pruitt, 26, of Spencer, was sentenced by Judge Tilley to 17 months in prison. Pruitt pleaded guilty to distribution of a substance containing crack.

Pruitt was ordered to serve a three-year term of supervised release after completing his sentence. Pruitt sold 3.32 grams of crack cocaine to an undercover agent in Salisbury on May 15, 2018.

Both cases were investigated by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Salisbury Police Department, and state Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in a joint operation to combat firearm and drug violations in Salisbury. The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Terry M. Meinecke.