Charges Dropped, Onslow County Woman Tries To Get Life Back

A woman accused of staging a robbery at the convenience store she managed in 2009 is rejoicing now that the charges against her have been dropped.

Ruth Brunick was managing what was then the Scotchman on Highway 210 in Sneads Ferry in August of 2009 when a man came in - robbed it and beat her unconscious. Brunick however was eventually charged with larceny by an employee, felony conspiracy, and filing a false police report.

Brunick went to court for the next year and a half awaiting trial. Last week all the charges were dropped. Court records show the state was unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt Brunick had committed any of the crimes.

Brunick says the ordeal changed her and her family's lives. She had to move in with her mother because no one would rent to her, she hasn't been able to find a job and she says she second guesses everything. But she says since last Tuesday she has started to feel like herself again, she is starting to heal.

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