Chocowinity man sentenced

Published 8:46 pm Tuesday, March 25, 2014




A Chocowinity man was sentenced to several years in prison for a series of break-ins, burglaries and larcenies in 2013.

According to a press release from 2nd Judicial District Attorney Seth Edwards, Jeffery Wayne Campbell, of Barnes Drive, was given two active sentences for one count of first-degree burglary, seven counts of second-degree burglary, five counts of breaking and entering, five counts of felonious larceny, three counts of larceny of a firearm and 26 counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle.  Superior Court Judge Marvin K. Blount III entered seven judgments overall: the first, a 38- to 58-month sentence; the second, to run after the first, a 10- to 21-month sentence; the remaining five sentences (13 to 25 months, 6 to 17 months, 6 to 17 months, 13 to 25 months and 13 to 25 months) were suspended, and Campbell required to be under supervised probation for five years upon release, in order to pay restitution to the victims of the crimes, according to Edwards.

Edwards said the suspended sentences under supervised probation will give Campbell an opportunity to get a job and work, and hopefully reimburse some of the victims.

“Our sole job is not to get restitution for the victims. Our goal is to make sure they get the correct punishment,” Edwards said. “But if we can get restitution for the victims, we will certainly try to do that. … He’ll have this hanging over his head when he gets out.”

Campbell’s crime spree took place from January 2013 to September of the same year, and started with a series of burglaries, break-ins and larcenies neighborhoods down River Road — Summer Haven, Shady Banks, and on Jamaka and River roads, as well as Fairway Drive in Country Club Estates.

When a victim turned in video of Campbell taken with a wildlife trail camera he’d set up outside his home, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigators honed in Campbell, who was 17 at the time. Campbell was arrested May 14 on 49 separate charges.

But it was later in the year, when a series of break-ins on Second Street, Jones Circle and Bragaw Lane in Chocowinity had investigators looking at Campbell again. He was arrested a second time on another 17 charges.

According to Edwards, Campbell was responsible for one of the most prolific series of crimes Beaufort County has seen in some time.

“Unfortunately, the recent rash of similar types of offenses taking place in Beaufort County cannot be attributed to Campbell,” Edwards wrote in the press release.

He warned county residents to be proactive against crime and secure all access points to homes, outbuildings and vehicles on their property.