Plea Deal Worked Out For Willie Nelson Band Members

The case is closed for members of Willie Nelson's band cited in January for having marijuana and moonshine.

Three members of the band pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges, while marijuana and moonshine charges were dismissed.

The plea deal was worked out in a Duplin County courtroom Wednesday, more than three months after six band members were cited prior to a show in Kenansville.

Alcohol charges against the other three band members were dismissed, while authorities say it turns out the moonshine discovered belonged to the former owner of the tour bus.

Thomas Hawkins, Kenneth Koepke, and Dudley Prewitt had to pay a $25 fine. The three appeared in court through their lawyer.


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  • by Rod Location: Wallace on May 25, 2010 at 08:00 AM
    My wife and I were at the concert. It was our Christmas present to each other. Authorities could have waited until after the concert to serve their tickets on Willie and his band. They sure weren't going anywhere.
  • by Duplin Native Location: wallace on May 20, 2010 at 12:01 PM
    whats funny is that the matter was taken care of so fast. usually takes 6-8 months to get into court. But the 25 dollars that was paid is more funny than anything.I think that it was just something to get Dewey Hudson votes for the Senate.I wonder if i get caught with the same amount and items that the band members had will i pay a 25 dollar fine and that be the end of it and i dont even smoke weed or drink. But i that i would be put under the jail with a no return ticket.
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2010 at 07:07 PM
    Sorry to say this is DUPLIN COUNTIES judical system.. MONEY.. SAD BUT TRUE..
  • by tommy Location: kinston on May 6, 2010 at 04:07 AM
    I like Willie and his music. I do not have a problem with him, or anyone else, smoking or drinking. The problem I have is Dewey Hudson making his point on the news that he wanted to make sure that the public knew that the bandmembers "were treated just like anyone else would be." I find that hard to believe. I tend to believe that if I got caught with moonshine and marijuana in the parking lot of the Duplin County performance center that my case would not be dismissed or dropped to a lesser charge. Again, I have no problem with the band's behavior...I just don't like having it portrayed as business as usual by some good ol' boy running for office. Mr. Hudson, your comments are an insult to the intelligence of the people of eastern North Carolina.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on May 5, 2010 at 07:48 PM
    Part of their plea sentence from the judge was they have to do community service work at Rebecca's house and trim or maintain her pot plants and not to smoke marijuana or give her moonshine.
  • by hopeless Location: here on May 5, 2010 at 07:17 PM
    Lord bless us ignorant humans.
  • by What a JOKE Location: DUPLIN COUNTY on May 5, 2010 at 03:31 PM
    Wonder how the band members ended up with Doug Parsons as there lawyer? I am SURE the fact that Hudson and Parsons are such great friends had nothing at all to do with it. Mr. Hudson will probably get elected to the Senate in November with his smooth double talking style. The night of the concert he was heard saying he would dismiss the charges, then to the media that his office would investigate the officers, (for doing their job), to then turn around and say that his office would proceed with prosecution of the band members because they were not above the law. I understand plea deals, but come on DEWEY you should have just stuck to your guns to start with and dismissed the charges, what a joke. Just another fine example of the spineless leadership the 4th Judicial Districts Attorney's Office has had and the citizens of that district has had to suffer from. Good riddance Mr. Hudson.
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on May 5, 2010 at 03:10 PM
    What a waste of time and money. And our Justice System is a joke. They were guilty. they broke the law and yet all is good when pay up time rolls around. I agreed whole heartedly when they were charged but now Im sitting here laughing sadly and shaking my head in disbelief. This country is falling down around us.
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on May 5, 2010 at 02:18 PM
    25 bucks! Probably cost more in man/hours just to do the paperwork. There must be no crime in that county...
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on May 5, 2010 at 02:16 PM
    I don't even like Willie or advocate the use of drugs but this is such a waste of resources. Willie smokes. He smokes everywhere he goes. He plays music. The South is the home of moonshine. I haven't heard of him doing anything besides smoking and a little tax violation. Does that make him a hardened criminal? Another case of county greed-they saw him coming! Plus, they wanted him to go to the ABC-that's what the moonshine charge is about. What a racket! Wonder what the fine was...
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