Jenkins brothers receive 60-day sentences for assault

Published 7:21 pm Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Former Chocowinity Town Commissioner Curtis Jenkins Jr. and his brother, John Aaron Matthew Jenkins, accepted plea deals on assault charges Wednesday in Beaufort County Superior Court.

Curtis Jenkins Jr. pleaded guilty to assault for two incidents: the first, a Nov. 15, 2017 assault on Jesse Taylor, a tenant of Jenkins’ mother’s, that landed Taylor in the hospital with a broken jaw and injured ribs; the second, a May 3 assault on Amanda Moore — a charge combined with resisting an officer after Curt Jenkins’ subsequent run from arresting officers. He turned himself in to authorities on May 14 and remained incarcerated at the Beaufort County Detention Center until Wednesday’s court date.

John Jenkins pleaded guilty to assault inflicting serious injury, a Class A-1 misdemeanor, and received an 60-day active sentence.

Curt Jenkins’ was sentenced to 60 days in jail for the Taylor assault and a 60-day suspended sentence, along with 24 months of probation, for the Moore assault. With a total of 83 days already served in the detention center, Curt Jenkins was credited with time served and was released from the detention center. As part of his probation, he was ordered to have no contact with Taylor or Moore, attend anger management classes and pay court costs, restitution and fees. He has also been ordered not seek public office for the next two years.

Curt Jenkins resigned from his first-year term as Chocowinity Town Commissioner on June 14, after serving a month in jail.

The brothers, represented by Greenville-based attorney Myron Hill, appeared before Superior Court Judge Jeff Foster, a Chocowinity native. District Attorney Seth Edwards represented the prosecution.

Edwards said the case warranted reducing the original felony charges to misdemeanors in the plea deal.

“Regarding the felony assault where both he and his brother were charged, I met with the victim on several occasions, including today. We felt this plea was in the best interests of the state and the victim, as opposed to setting it for a trial date most likely in 2019, with no guaranteed outcome,” Edwards said. “As to the assaults involving the female victim, we have been in contact with her, as well. The evidence in my opinion warranted the plea. In addition, Curt is still facing felony charges in Pitt County involving the same female victim.”

John Jenkins was ordered jailed immediately to serve his 60-day sentence, after a claim that he had used his hand and not a weapon was determined untruthful, the according to court officials.

Curt Jenkins was scheduled to accept a plea deal for the Pitt County charges on Wednesday afternoon.