Halifax Co. NAACP Criticizes Officer's Sentence In Stun Gun Death

The head of the Halifax County NAACP is criticizing an agreement that allowed a former Scotland Neck police officer to plead guilty to a misdemeanor in the death of a man who died after being shot with a stun gun.

The Daily Herald of Roanoke Rapids reported (http://bit.ly/18Hk2Ti) NAACP President David Harvey says the agreement with 27-year-old John Turner is appalling. Turner was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months unsupervised probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in the death of 61-year-old Roger Anthony.

District Attorney Melissa Pelfrey says she worked with Anthony's family to reach a resolution.

Anthony died in November 2011 from blunt force trauma to the head, which a civil lawsuit says occurred when Anthony fell from his bike after being shot with the stun gun.


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