Case saddens supporters in senator's hometown
Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 12:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 6:28 p.m.
State Sen. R.C. Soles, the state's longest-serving legislator, was indicted Thursday on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury.
The Attorney General's Office presented a bill of indictment to a Columbus County grand jury. The charge carries a possible sentence of 15 to 31 months in prison.
Police say Soles, D-Columbus, shot Kyle Blackburn, 22, in the leg Aug. 23 at the senator's Tabor City home. Soles has said he was acting in self-defense after Blackburn and another man tried to kick in the door of his home.
“We are certainly disappointed,” Soles' attorney Joe Cheshire said Thursday. “We believe what happened at his house that evening was the result of an attack on his home and that he was defending himself.”
Cheshire said when Soles will booked and processed through the system has not yet been decided.