A Bolivia man will serve no prison time after a judge accepted his Alford plea in Brunswick County Superior Court to robbery and conspiracy assault charges.
Alexander Lamont Grissett, 18, of Bolivia, entered the plea April 23 on charges of common law robbery, breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit assault inflicting serious bodily injury, according to court records.
In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit the act but admits the prosecution could likely prove the charge and the court pronounces the defendant as guilty, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office said.
Grissett was originally charged with first-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury in connection with a burglary and shooting that injured a 20-year-old man at a Supply home on July 6, 2014, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax.
The victim was shot once in the chest, Flax said.
As part of Grissett’s plea agreement, the state dismissed two counts of first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon. The prosecution dismissed more than 10 charges Grissett faced in district court.
Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Grissett to 13-25 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections, which was suspended. She ordered him to serve 48 months of supervised probation.
Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage was the prosecutor in the case. Michael R. Ramos represented Grissett.
Christina Haley is a crime and courts reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.