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Former deputy guilty of tasing utility worker

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A former New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy accused of tasing a utility worker took the stand in his own defense in Burgaw this afternoon.

It was not enough, though, as a judge found Reed Roberts guilty of simple assault. The judge also stripped Roberts of his law enforcement credentials and sentenced him to 12 months probation and a 30-day suspended jail term.

The District Attorney says Roberts not only used his taser, but tried to use his service weapon and handcuffs on Jerome Wallace, who came to Roberts’s Pender County home last fall to restore power after a late payment.

Wallace says Roberts confronted him about logs in the yard he thought Wallace damaged. As Wallace tried to leave, he says Roberts tased him in the stomach. Wallace then maced Roberts and drove away. Investigators say Roberts went back into his house to get his gun as Wallace left.


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