State Representative Charged With Misdemeanor Assault

A state representative has been charged with simple assault and communicating threats.

N.C. House Rep. Van Braxton of Kinston faces those two misdemeanor charges, according to court records. Ray Wiley of Lenoir County is pressing the charges for a confrontation on November 4. The Kinston Free Press says Braxton went to Wiley's home to confront him after a heated argument two days prior between Wiley and Braxton's wife. The paper says Wiley accused Braxton of shoving him.

Braxton lost his re-election bid this month for a third term in the State House of Representatives to Stephen LaRoque. The district includes Greene, Lenoir and Wayne Counties.

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  • by t doughtie Location: gville on Nov 16, 2010 at 06:22 PM
    It's very simple. Mrs. Braxton defended Mr. Braxton's Honor . Mr. Braxton defended Mrs. Braxton's Honor. Mr. Wiley wants the court system to defend his rights and hurt feelings. Family will always be family. Sad to say politics will always be politics.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 at 11:13 PM
    I live 1 block from where this incident occured and know Ray Wiley. He lives on a corner lot and since the state takes 10 feet of our property Mr Wiley's corner was loaded down with campaign signs from all parties including Mr. Braxton's. Mrs Braxton had no right to go on Mr. Wileys property accussing him of painting on the sign just because it was at the corner of his yard. She threw the sign in Mr Wiley's yard and left then Van Braxton went back with his back up and pushed Mr. Wiley . The sign that had been painted had been like that for a week or more but just because it is at the corner of Mr. Wiley's yard doesn't mean that he is the one that messed it up. I am with Ray on this matter and Van Braxton needs to learn he can't put push a man on his own propery and expect nothing to happen.
  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on Nov 15, 2010 at 08:53 PM
    As I understand it that section refers to two or more people who conspire to interfere or prevent someone in the free exercise of their Constitutional rights. I'm not a legal expert, but that doesn't seem to be the case here. I don't have all the details but it appears to be just a couple of egos going at it one of which happened to be a State Representative. But don't misunderstand, from what I've heard so far I'm behind the land owner on this.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Nov 15, 2010 at 06:50 PM
    Rusty read title 18 section 241 of the U.S constitution when he enlisted help in a premeditated crime it became a felony weither they charge him is doubtful though.
  • by Todd Location: Liddell on Nov 15, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    Both Van and his wife are good folks, smart and hard working and solid citizens. Who knows what went down but it's not as if he killed someone. If someone was badmouthing his lady maybe he did what neeeded doing. The truth MIGHT come out in court it might not but it wouldnt be news if he wasnt of some importance locally. Good luck Mr Braxton
  • by Cletus Location: Kinston on Nov 15, 2010 at 06:03 PM
    Since obama and the rest of the dumbocrats have put me out of a job(remember Bill Clinton and NAFTA) I have decided to construct an octogan cage for folks like Van and Ray , Van and Stephen, Dewey and Brent and others to slug it out, no holds barred. Tickets will be available at the local dumbocrat headquarters and the Republican headquarters. Jim from Grifton, no tea party thugs will be allowed, they are too smart to play this game. This will eliminate tying up Law Enforcement and the court system and should provide a much needed boost for Lenoir Memorial Hospital plus add a little cash to my pockets. Please submit your ideas for the best location to hold these election year events.
  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on Nov 15, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    Pete, he's charged with simple assault and communicating threats. Both are misdemeanors.
  • by Anon Location: Beaufort on Nov 15, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    Sounds like Braxton is the thug. Most tea party folks are just plain good folk who want the best for our country without violence.I'm sure there are some bad ones but I have not observed them at local meetings in person or on the news.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Nov 15, 2010 at 11:40 AM
    The N.C legislature passed a law in 2004 to ban any felon from owning a firearm.I think this includes anyone convicted of assault or domestic spouse if convicted Mr.Braxton can reap what he has any guns Van?
  • by Anon Location: Kinston on Nov 15, 2010 at 10:01 AM
    You have to live in Kinston to really appreciate this story. The Free Press carried the story with more details. Unless the neighbors, who were listed as witnesses, are lying, Van is going to bite the bullet for being stupid.
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