Tuesday, April 16, 2024

DA’s office announces three felony sentences for prostitution, embezzlement and drugs

WILMINGTON — Pender and New Hanover counties Distric Attorney Ben David’s office announced three convictions and sentences coming out of local courts this week.

Dwayne Jackson, 21, of Wilmington, was sentenced to 58-130 months in prison after pleading guilty to human trafficking, promoting prostitution by advancing prostitution, promoting prostitution by profiting and conspiracy to commit human trafficking in Pender County Superior Court.

Jackson will be registered as a sex offender for 30 years after he is released from prison. He was accused of meeting a disabled victim online and convincing her to perform sex acts with his friends, later posting photos of her on a website to solicit sex for money.

Abigail Hollis, 46, of Hampstead, was convicted of embezzlement of more than $100,000 after a seven-day trial in New Hanover. Hollis was sentenced to 67-93 months in prison.

She was accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from American Fire Technologies, her former employer, from 2015-2018. This case was prosecuted by the North Carolina Conference of District Attornets Financial Crimes Unit.

Deandrez Robbins, 25, of Wilmington, pled guilty to possession of a firearm as a felon and trafficking in marijuana and was sentenced to 25-39 months in prison.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety discovered more than 42 pounds of marijuana and two Glock handguns, as well as ammunition, paraphernalia and “large amounts” of cash in Robbins’ apartment after executing a search warrant on Feb. 18.

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