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Sheriff Jaybird McCrary

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Employment History

Deputy and A Lexington Police Officer
Davidson County Sheriff´s

Deputy
Lexington Police Department

Sheriff's Deputy and A Lexington Police Officer
Davidson County


Department of Corrections

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Prison guard charged with soliciting to murder

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Richard Rudolph Heldreth Jr., 47, of Koontz Road, a correctional officer at the minimum-security prison unit and a former sheriff's deputy and Lexington policeman, is accused of trying to arrange for a newly paroled inmate to kill the boyfriend of his estranged wife, Robin Heldreth, Sheriff Gerald Hege said.

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The inmate indicated that Heldreth had developed a relationship with him over several months by giving him cigarettes and extra food, allowing him to make telephone calls and bringing him pills, Hege said.
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Any wrongdoing by Heldreth results from an individual decision and is not typical of the prison unit as a whole, Shields stressed.
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Magistrate Heather Boles set a secured bond of $1 million for Heldreth on Wednesday and authorities sent him to Central Prison in Raleigh, court officials said.
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County records show Heldreth worked as a rabies control officer for the county health department from October 1975 through April 1977 and twice as a deputy during the administration of Sheriff Jaybird McCrary - as an animal control officer from September 1978 through August 1986 and as a deputy or animal control officer from July 1987 through November 1989.
City records show he worked as a Lexington police officer from January 1993 through April 1996.
Shields said Heldreth went to work as a correctional officer at the state prison on April 24, 2000.
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On Feb. 8, 2001, according to court records, Heldreth charged his wife with breaking and entering, domestic criminal trespass and injury to real and personal property when, after a three-week separation, she allegedly broke into his home, damaged many household items and shattered the windows in two cars.
On Feb. 9, 2001, Robin Heldreth charged her husband with assault on a female by allegedly punching her several times in the right side.
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On Nov. 12, Robin Heldreth charged her husband with assault on a female for allegedly slapping her twice across the face.
At the same time, both filed civil cases seeking domestic violence protection orders against each other.
The criminal charges again were dismissed after the couple agreed to mediation and the civil cases were dismissed at their mutual request.


The Dispatch - Serving the Lexington, North Carolina Area

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At the time, Covert was dating Heldreth´s estranged wife, Robin Heldreth.

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Heldreth was arrested on the day when the crime was to have taken place after a joint investigation between the State Bureau of Investigation and the Davidson County Sheriff´s Office.
Heldreth is also a former Davidson County sheriff´s deputy and a former Lexington police officer.
Heldreth´s attorney, Lexington lawyer Jim Snyder, said Heldreth was glad the ordeal was over.
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"Rick (Heldreth) was relieved to get behind him these events and now to move on with his life," Snyder said.
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Heldreth will be eligible for parole after serving the minimum sentence of four years.Frank said Heldreth could have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison had the judge found aggravating factors in the case, which he did not.
Instead, the judge found that mitigating factors outweighed other considerations in Heldreth´s case, including Heldreth´s "good character" up to the time of the crime and his positive employment history.
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The judge also recommended that Heldreth undergo an evaluation and receive treatment if needed.He will receive credit for the six months he has already served in the Davidson County jail while awaiting trial.
The exact timing of the plea was scheduled at the last minute after a time slot opened up Tuesday afternoon.Heldreth´s family was not able to attend.
Heldreth was arrested Aug. 7 after the inmate Heldreth had hired to do the killing told authorities about the plan.The inmate, whose name was never made public and who is not from Davidson County, had just been released from prison on parole after serving a 10-year sentence for breaking and entering.
At the time of Heldreth´s arrest, the inmate told law enforcement officers that Heldreth had developed a relationship with him over several months by giving him cigarettes, extra food and extra privileges.
Heldreth worked as a correctional officer for the state prison from April 2000 until his arrest on Aug. 7.Before that, he was a deputy with the sheriff´s office twice, from 1978 through 1986, and again from 1987 through 1989.He then worked for the Lexington police for three years during the mid-1990s.
The Heldreths had a history of heated domestic disputes.In February 2001, Heldreth accused his wife of breaking into his home during a three-week separation and vandalizing his property.The next day, she charged him with assault on a female, and her son charged him with simple assault.
Later that year Heldreth charged his wife with assault with a deadly weapon, claiming she had stabbed him in the shoulder with a steak knife, and she again charged him with assault on a female.At the same time, the Heldreths filed domestic violence protection orders against each other.
All of those cases were eventually dismissed after the Heldreths agreed to mediation and mutually dropped the restraining orders.


Former guard pleads guilty | The Winston Salem Journal - Journal Now

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Authorities said that Covert was the boyfriend of Heldreth's estranged wife, Robin Heldreth.

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Heldreth tried to make arrangements for the inmate, once freed, to shoot Covert, Frank said.
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The inmate was released from prison about a week before Heldreth was arrested.
Heldreth was arrested after he received a phony confirmation call that the killing had been carried out.The call was monitored by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Davidson County Sheriff's Office.
Heldreth began working for the Department of Correction in 2000.He had previously worked for the Lexington Police Department and years ago was a deputy in Davidson County.
Richard and Robin Heldreth each were charged in 2001 with misdemeanor assault against the other, but the charges were dropped and turned over to mediators.


Former N.C. prison guard sentenced for murder solicitation - Independent Tribune - Concord and Kannapolis

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At the time, Covert was dating Heldreth's estranged wife, Robin Heldreth.

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Heldreth, who's also a former Davidson County sheriff's deputy and a former Lexington police officer, was arrested the day that Covert was supposed to be killed.
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His attorney, Jim Snyder of Lexington, said Heldreth was glad the ordeal was over.
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Heldreth will be eligible for parole after serving the minimum sentence of four years.
Heldreth was arrested Aug. 7 after the inmate Heldreth had hired for the murder told authorities about the plan.
The inmate, whose name was never made public, had just been released from prison on parole after serving a 10-year sentence for breaking and entering.
At the time of Heldreth's arrest, the inmate told law enforcement officers that Heldreth had developed a relationship with him over several months by giving him cigarettes, extra food and extra privileges.
Information from: The Dispatch
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heraldsun.com: Former N.C. prison guard sentenced ...

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At the time, Covert was dating Heldreth's estranged wife, Robin Heldreth.

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Heldreth, who's also a former Davidson County sheriff's deputy and a former Lexington police officer, was arrested the day that Covert was supposed to be killed.
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His attorney, Jim Snyder of Lexington, said Heldreth was glad the ordeal was over.
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Heldreth will be eligible for parole after serving the minimum sentence of four years.
Heldreth was arrested Aug. 7 after the inmate Heldreth had hired for the murder told authorities about the plan.
The inmate, whose name was never made public, had just been released from prison on parole after serving a 10-year sentence for breaking and entering.
At the time of Heldreth's arrest, the inmate told law enforcement officers that Heldreth had developed a relationship with him over several months by giving him cigarettes, extra food and extra privileges.
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