Johnston County Lawyers Get Jail Time

Four North Carolina defense attorneys have pleaded guilty to illegally maneuvering to have tickets for drunken driving and other traffic offenses dismissed.

Multiple media organizations reported the four Johnston County lawyers were sentenced Monday.

Chad Lee and Lee Hatch each pleaded guilty to one count of criminal conspiracy and to multiple counts of felony obstruction of justice and altering official case records. Hatch was sentenced to up to eight years in prison. Lee is a former Johnston County prosecutor who received a four-year sentence.

Attorneys Vann Sauls and Jack McLamb pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice charges.

Former prosecutor Cyndi Jaeger and former deputy court clerk Portia Snead were also charged in the case.

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