A 43-year-old Roseboro man entered a guilty plea this week in Sampson Superior Court to a Turkey Highway break-in, adding more time to his already active sentence on an unrelated case.
Carl Wiggins, whose last address was 104-D W. North St., Roseboro, appeared before Sampson Superior Court Judge Doug Parsons this week, accepting a plea arrangement with the state that included stipulations that he drop a current appeal with the N.C. Court of Appeals.
Wiggins pleaded guilty to one count felony breaking and entering and one count possession of a firearm by a felon. Parsons, who consolidated the two charges, sentenced him to a minimum of 22 months and a maximum of 36 months in prison, ordering that his most recent sentence run at the expiration of the sentence he is currently serving.
Prior to sentencing, the state laid out its case, nothing that Wiggins had broken into a 8546 Turkey Highway residence on Aug. 17, 2012, stealing a TV, a laptop, cash, jewelry and a pistol.
On the same day of the break-in, court records show, Wiggins’ wife reported her car missing. Officers eventually found the vehicle off Indian Town Road and when Mrs. Wiggins got to the scene and looked at her vehicle she noticed items in the car that didn’t belong to her.
In fact, records show, she indicated that she was afraid they had been stolen.
In addition to the stolen property, court records show that a paper bag filled with white gloves was found, along with a screw driver, a crow bar and some pawn tickets.
Through investigation, Wiggins was determined to be a suspect and was arrested.
All the items taken in the break-in were returned to the victim.
According to Wiggins’ attorney, Mario White, the defendant had continuously denied his guilt in the case. “He has denied he broke in and he has maintained that until the plea today,” White told Parsons.
But White said after review of the evidence he explained to Wiggins that he could face 10-12 years in prison if he went before a jury and he stressed what a big gamble it would be to go to trial.
“You gave him very sound advice and he made a wise decision to accept your advice,” the judge said, stressing that White’s estimate of 10-12 years could have actually been low.
Turning to Wiggins, Parsons offered his own advice. “Everyone is trying to help you get back on your feet. Serve your time, get out and become a law-abiding citizen for yourself, your wife and your children.”
In addition to his 22-36-month sentence, Wiggins was ordered to pay attorney fees to White, all jail fees and withdraw an appeal he has filed with the N.C. Court of Appeals, all part of the plea arrangement made with the state.
Wiggins could have received a maximum 86 months for the charges.