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Man Pleads Guilty Of Robbing Former Mayor Pro Tem

Prosecutors say Thomas Livingston II of New Bern pled guilty to two robberies that happened in Craven County in December 2012.

Charles Freeman

A man who police say robbed and assaulted the mayor pro tem of Bridgeton has pleaded guilty.

Prosecutors say Thomas Livingston II of New Bern pled guilty Thursday to two robberies that happened in Craven County in December 2012.

Authorities say Livingston, along with five others, broke into the 901 Salon, attempting to steal drugs and money from owner Charles Freeman. District Attorney Scott Thomas says Freeman, who at the time was mayor pro tem of the town, had no drugs at the business, but the robbers did take his wallet and cash after hitting him in the head with a gun.

Livingston also pleaded guilty to breaking into a home on Half Moon Road, and trying to rob that victim of drugs and money. Thomas says they meant to break into the house next door.

A judge sent Livingston away to prison for the next nine to twelve years.

Two others in the cases have already pleaded guilty, while the remaining three are still awaiting trial.

As for the former mayor pro tem, he is still awaiting trial on charges last year accusing him a stealing candy and growing marijuana.


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