27-year-old Matthew Charles Minton of Lenoir has been sentenced to serve five-to-seven years in prison after pleading guilty as charged to felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle, felony failure to appear and felony assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury. He was also sentenced as an habitual felon.
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence yesterday (September 12) in Caldwell County Superior Court. Minton’s active prison term will be served in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Minton also faces an additional sentence of 6-to-17 months if he fails to successfully complete 30 months of supervised probation upon his release.
The habitual felony designation was applied as the result of prior felony convictions for possession of a stolen motor vehicle in May 2008 and possession of stolen goods August 2010 & August 2014, all in Caldwell County.
In October of 2015, Minton used a small blade tool to break into a vehicle. When confronted by the vehicle’s owner, Minton fled into a nearby wooded area, but was later apprehended by Lenoir Police after a foot chase. He failed to appear in court for his trial on March 21 of this year.
In April 2017, Minton was pulled over for driving with a burned out headlight. He gave Officer Mark Coffey II a false name and ran away from the vehicle. Coffey caught up with Minton and they engaged in a physical struggle. Minton attempted to strangle the Officer and pulled at his service weapon several times. Officer Coffey used a Taser to regain control of the situation. Minton and Coffey suffered injuries from the altercation, but were treated at a local hospital.
Officer Coffey and Officer Chris Smith handled the cases for Lenoir Police Department, with assistance from Deputy Kaiser Isbell of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Jennifer C. Mathews prosecuted the cases for the District Attorney’s Office.