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Pamlico County Woman Gets 10 Years For Damaging County Water Pipes

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A woman whose company had the contract to fix broken water pipes will spend the next ten years in prison for purposely damaging them.

Judy Hardison was sentenced Tuesday morning before a Craven County judge after being found guilty late last month of six counts of contaminating a public water system and one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Hardison, who had the contract to repair Pamlico County water pipes, was convicted of intentionally damaging them on weekends and holidays, when repair costs are more expensive.

Before sentencing, her attorney asked again that the convictions be overturned, but the judge denied that.

Prosecutors say the woman took advantage of the trust of the county.

She agreed to pay $40,000 in restitution to the county, and received an active sentence of between 10 and 14 years, plus 12 months of supervised release.

Co-defendant Rodney Brame, who admitted to actually puncturing the water lines, was sentenced Monday to serve between two years and five years 8 months in prison. Brame plead guilty and testified against Hardison.


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A jury took about two hours Wednesday to convict a Pamlico County woman in a scheme that damaged county water pipes.

Judy Hardison was convicted of six counts of contaminating a public water system and one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Hardison, who had the contract to repair county water pipes, was convicted of intentionally damaging them on weekends and holidays, when repair costs are more expensive.

Rodney Brame, who worked for Hardison in 2012, testified against her in court. Brame said Hardison hired him to break the pipes.

Because of pre-trial publicity, Hardison's trial was moved to Craven County.

The woman's bond was revoked by the judge and she was taken into custody. Her sentencing is scheduled for May 13th.


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A woman accused of purposely damaging water pipes is on trial and Thursday's proceedings continue with the defense presenting its case.

Judy Hardison's trial started Monday in Craven County and the prosecution finished its case Wednesday, according to a Craven County clerk.

On Thursday, Hardison declined to testify in court.

Hardison owned Triple H Construction, which had a contract with Pamlico County to repair broken lines.

She's accused of intentionally damaging water pipes there on weekends and holidays, when repair costs are more expensive.

Rodney Brame, who worked for Hardison in 2012, testified against her in court.

Brame said Hardison hired him to break the pipes.

Brame is awaiting sentencing after he took a plea deal.

Due to publicity, Hardison's case was moved from Pamlico County to Craven County.


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A woman accused of purposely damaging water pipes in Pamlico County will have her case heard in another county.

Deputies arrested Judy Hardison and Rodney Brame in 2012 after Pamlico County noticed someone was damaging their water pipes.

Hardison is the owner of Triple H Construction, which had a contract with Pamlico County to repair broken lines.

Deputies claim several pipes were broken on the weekends and holidays, when repair costs are more expensive.

Officials said Brame, an employee of Triple H Construction, admitted to the pipe damaging scheme on Monday.

The man pleaded guilty to six felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and, under the plea deal, has agreed to testify against Hardison, if needed.

Hardison appeared in court Tuesday morning in Bayboro and her case will go to trial. Because of media coverage, and that many of the county residents had to deal with bad water, the judge ordered the trial moved to Craven County.

The woman's case will now begin April 8th in New Bern.

As for Brame, he will be sentenced May 12th.


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A man who deputies say was hired to purposely damage county-owned water pipes admitted to the scheme this afternoon.

Rodney Brame pleaded guilty to six felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Brame and Judy Hardison, the owner of Triple H Construction, were arrested back in 2012 after Pamlico County discovered someone was damaging their water pipes.

Triple H had the contract with the county to repair broken lines, and deputies claim the pipes were broken on the weekends or holidays, when repair costs were much higher. Deputies say the lines were damaged by placing probes into the ground and punching holes in the pipes.

Under the plea deal, Brame has agreed to testify against Hardison if needed.

Brame will be sentenced May 12th, while Hardison is due in court Tuesday morning.


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