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Charles Harvey Lee
Charles Harvey Lee

BRUNSWICK COUNTY – A Southport man was sentenced to more than nine years in prison for a May 2015 crash that killed 59-year-old John Williams and 81-year-old Helen Hicks Bare.

Charles Harvey Lee, 46, pleaded guilty Monday in Brunswick County Superior Court to two counts of felony death by vehicle and three counts of felony injury by vehicle, according to District Attorney Jon David.

The wreck occurred at the intersection of N.C. 904 and N.C. 130 in the Ash area of Brunswick County on May 22, 2015. Lee failed to stop his vehicle at the intersection and struck a vehicle traveling in the southbound lane of N.C. 130, David said.

The crash killed Williams, who was riding as a passenger in Lee’s car, and Bare, who was riding in the other vehicle involved the wreck, David said. Three other passengers — one in Lee’s car and two in Bare’s vehicle — were treated for serious injuries following the wreck.

Lee was sentenced to 110-144 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections following Monday’s plea and was given credit for time served in jail. He was sentenced as a habitual felon.

Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage prosecuted the case for the state. Attorney Brooke Smith represented Lee in the case.