Former ECU QB Gets Deferred Prosecution In Embezzlement Case

A former East Carolina University quarterback will have a clean criminal record if he stays out of trouble for the next year.

Patrick Pinkney was arrested in November, accused of embezzling nearly $4,200 from the Belk Department Store in Roanoke Rapids where he worked as an assistant manager.

In court Wednesday, Pinkney's case was placed on deferred prosecution for a period of 12 months. That means the charges will be dropped after 12 months if Pinkney maintains good behavior.

Court officials say Pinkney has repaid the money to Belk.

Pinkney was the starting quarterback for ECU from 2007 to 2009.

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  • by Bill on Jan 21, 2012 at 06:43 AM
    he'll be right back in court in a few years!!! just wait and see!!!!!
  • by dirty harry Location: Washington on Jan 14, 2012 at 06:55 PM
    If he was a good Qb he can b playing in the nfl.playoffs this weekend instead he's taking money from belks.what a LOSER
  • by Roger Baynor Location: ENC on Jan 12, 2012 at 06:10 PM
    What is wrong with the system that is no justice,if it was anybody else they would do time just because he was a quarterback does not mean he should get a clean record in a year do the crime pay with time
  • by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 at 04:35 PM
    Almost everyone does get the same treatment.Go sit in court a couple of days.If you see someone get an active sentence(jail time), they have already had 5 chances if not more!
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Jan 12, 2012 at 03:47 PM
    now it it were tail would be in jail.
  • by confused and mad Location: gville on Jan 12, 2012 at 03:47 PM
    Why doesn't everyone else get this opportunity? I have a good mind to take on our law makers on this one. If deferred prosecution is good for one, then why are others being told about this. I am mad as I don't know what. Cut this guy slack yeah right.
  • by g-man Location: GREENVILLE on Jan 12, 2012 at 03:41 PM
    good for him i hopes he comes back to greenville
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington on Jan 12, 2012 at 02:22 PM
    So much for leadership. He is just a thug that steals. He was not much of a QB anyway. I feel sorry for his family. He should get the same sentence and any other convict. If it is jail time, then so be it.
  • by Larry Location: g-vegas on Jan 12, 2012 at 02:18 PM
    Cut the guy some slack. He had a good clean record and made restitution for what he took. I am sure that anyone in the same situation would have received a similar judgement. Undoubtedly his former employer would have had to support the decision since they received repayment. I think all of us have done things for which we could have been prosecuted at one time in our lives. I am glad he has a second chance and personally think that he will make the most of it.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Jan 12, 2012 at 01:58 PM
    So it is fronted as a Former ECU Q.B. - Why is he above the law? I would like to see the chain opportunities of prosecution - and the one's they did not.
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