Kidnapping charges dismissed in State Road home invasion case

Related felony charges net jail time for defendant

By Terri Flagg -

DOBSON — Two kidnapping charges were dismissed Tuesday in Surry County Superior Court against a co-defendant accused of invading a State Road home in 2014.

Albert C. Thomas, 32, of Sina Aveune, Winston-Salem faced charges of first degree burglary, kidnapping, larceny of a firearm and second degree kidnapping.

Through an arrangement with the district attorney’s office, Thomas pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of felony breaking and entering, guilty to larceny of a firearm and both kidnapping charges were dismissed.

He was given two 10- to 21- month active sentences to be served consecutively with 286 days and 300 days credited for time served awaiting trial.

Thomas had been in the custody of the Surry County Jail since his arrest in June 2014 for allegedly breaking into the home of Howard Bernard and Lou Jean Jackson on Prince Avenue.

The incident allegedly occurred shortly after midnight on May 4, 2014, while the Jacksons were at home.

“(The victims) told officers that as they slept, two suspects kicked in their door and entered the residence,” Detective J.D. Briles of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office told The Mount Airy News in May 2014.

“They bound the male victim and physically restrained the female victim.”

During the incident Bernard Jackson was seriously injured and a .38-caliber revolver belonging to him was stolen, according to indictments.

Lou Jean Jackson was 76 when she died on July 16, 2014, just two months after the incident, according to an obituary published in The Mount Airy News. No cause of death was reported.

A co-defendant in the case, Habib Cooper Jah, also of Winston-Salem, pleaded guilty to the same charges as Thomas through a similar plea arrangement in November 2015.

With Jah’s case set for trial, attorney Karen Adams alleged in a pretrial motion that prosecutors had mishandled and failed to disclose evidence to the defense.

A plea agreement had been reached before Presiding Judge Richard Gottlieb ruled on the motion.

Jah was sentenced to two consecutive 10- to 20- month active sentences with 559 days credited for time served.

Thomas was also ordered to pay $2,350 in restitution to Jackson with joint and several liability with Jah and Jamarl Flemming.

Briles declined to comment, and phone calls to Jackson and Assistant District Attorney Mike Beal were not returned.

Related felony charges net jail time for defendant

By Terri Flagg

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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