A Wilson man charged with assault in May plead guilty in Carter County District Court last week.
James Darrell Dulaney, 26, was initially arrested on several charges including disorderly conduct, assault with bodily fluid, resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, threatening to perform an act of violence, domestic assault and terroristic threats. Dulaney was booked into the Carter County Detention Center by Wilson Police.
According to the information filed in District Court by the County District Attorney’s office, Dulaney was formally charged with a felony count of assault and battery on a police officer due to allegations that he struck Wilson PD Sgt. Troy Stone in the jaw. A second felony charge of prisoner placing bodily fluid on a government employee stems from an allegation that Dulaney spat blood on Jared Trotts while Trotts was acting in his capacity as an employee of the City of Healdton.
Dulaney was also charged with misdemeanors of resisting an officer and threatening an act of violence.
Dulaney had originally pled not guilty, but entered a guilty plea last Tuesday. The state amended count one to resisting arrest versus assault and battery on a police officer. In his plea agreement, Dulaney confirmed he had previously been convicted of prior felonies in 2011, for first degree burglary and first degree robbery.
Sentencing for the felony and misdemeanor counts was ordered to run concurrently. A $500 fine plus court costs was ordered for the misdemeanor counts. For the amended felony count of resisting arrest, a $500 fine plus court costs was ordered in addition to a six month sentence in the county jail. For the second felony count of assault with bodily fluid, Dulaney was sentenced to ten years with all but six months suspended with a $750 fine plus court costs. That sentence was also ordered to be served in the county jail versus in the custody of the Department of Corrections.