Candor woman sentenced for crimes against officer

A Candor woman has been sentenced to probation and community service as a result of communicating threats to one Candor police office and resisting another.

130722_Scales_of_JusticeSources tell WMTG that a jury found Teresa Lamonds guilty of the charges Friday, and the Moore County Judge presiding over the case pronounced identical concurrent sentences of 45 days in jail, suspended to 18 months supervised probation and 48 hours of community service. Lamonds must also pay court costs and a $1,000 fine.

Lamonds and her husband, Johnny, were at the center of a controversy that upended Candor’s town government. It began in May 2009, when the two were given traffic tickets by Candor police officer Grantland Jackson. According to testimony, Teresa Lamonds contacted Town Hall and made a threat against Jackson. Later, Candor police Sgt. James Pierce was talking with Lamonds when the conversation turned into an argument, with Lamonds again threatening Jackson and, ultimately, shoving Sgt. Pierce.

The Lamondses were also named in connection with the 2011 election of Candor Town Commissioners Wayne Holyfield and Rob Martin, who subsequently fired Jackson, Pierce and two other Candor police officers.

Holyfield ran into problems of his own, losing his job with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and resigning his position as a Candor Town Commissioner. He is facing unrelated of unlawfully accessing a government computer, and he was also identified in connection with a voter fraud case involving a former state trooper who allegedly used Holyfield’s address to illegally vote in Candor.

In Friday’s ruling, the judge gave Teresa Lamonds 75 days to complete her community service, with the option of doing the work in Montgomery County.

Lamonds’ trial was conducted in the Moore County Courthouse in Carthage, N.C., due to the extensive pre-trial publicity in Montgomery County.

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