Cross-County Prosecution of Larceny, Fleeing Police Leads to Prison Sentence for Habitual Felon

Renous Alan Hughes, 48, of Hickory, was given an active prison sentence of six to nine years following his conviction for multiple crimes during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, December 2, 2019.

The Honorable Karen Eady-Williams, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed the prison term for Hughes after he pleaded guilty to flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle, felony larceny and admitted his status as a habitual felon.

The defendant will serve his period of incarceration in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

The length of Hughes’ sentence was enhanced by his habitual felon status stemming from prior convictions for possession of stolen goods in Catawba County (August 1990), flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle in Burke County (April 2001) and possession of stolen goods in Caldwell County (September 2007).

The offenses occurred in July 2017 and July 2018 in both Catawba and Caldwell counties.

Nathan Starnes and Mike Hoyle handled investigation of the cases for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, and Clint Ferguson investigated the case for the Granite Falls Police Department. Assistant District Attorneys Melanie Earles and Jennifer C. Mathews prosecuted the matters for the State.

CONTACT: Nathan Key
Phone: 828-695-6193