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Newton rapist set for parole

January 26, 2012

A Newton man sentenced to life in prison for raping a young woman more than 20 years ago will be released in 2014, the state Parole Commission announced this week.

Wilford Russell Hicks was convicted of two counts of first-degree rape on June 7, 1990, and was sentenced to life in prison.

According to detectives at the time of his arrest, Hicks and Samuel David Ramseur, both of the same address on East 2nd Street in Newton, raped a 26-year-old white woman on Feb. 27, 1990 on a dirt road off N.C. 10.

Detectives said the incident was “a pure case of first degree rape,” adding that “it was not your boyfriend-girlfriend type of thing.”

The victim did not know either man, according to the detectives.

Now, the Parole Commission says Hicks will be paroled as part of the state’s Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP). The program, which is rooted in scholastic and vocational activities, is a three-way agreement between the Commission, the N.C. Division of Prisons and the offender, said Keith Acree, representative for the N.C. Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission.

“It’s typically the way the Parole Commission paroles inmates convicted before 1994,” Acree said. “It establishes a regiment of requirements the inmate has to meet over a period of time."

According to the program, MAPP participation is available to inmates who are within three years of parole and meet the following criteria:

• Must be in medium or minimum custody.

• Not be subject to a detainer or pending court action which could result in further confinement.

• Be infraction-free for a period of 90 days prior to being recommended.

• If sentenced under the Fair Sentencing Act, is otherwise eligible for 270-day parole or community service parole.

There is no parole for offenders who committed crimes after Oct. 1, 1994, which is when inmates began being sentenced under Structured Sentencing laws, Acree said.

Hicks is scheduled to be released on parole Nov. 1, 2014. Acree said if there are people in the community who support or oppose the parole, they can call the Parole Commission at 919-716-3010.

Ramseur, who was also convicted of first-degree rape on June 7, 1990, was sentenced to life in prison. According to jail and obituary records, he served 10 years in prison before dying June 7, 2000, exactly 10 years after being convicted.


Listen Pal...(Swissy)

January 30, 2012 by Backbone (not verified), 3 years 17 weeks ago
Comment: 976 got the wrong guy in your sights...but I suggest you take heed of your Swiss Ancestors and not cross swords with folks unecessarily.

"Cause I know who you are and what your agenda is! My best to the folks you are concerned so much about in Pinehurst and here in both denegrating and protecting.

Yep, I suggest you really be Swiss and stay NEUTRAL!


January 30, 2012 by Backbone (not verified), 3 years 17 weeks ago
Comment: 974

..wrong Guy!


January 28, 2012 by SWISSBYNATURE (not verified), 3 years 17 weeks ago
Comment: 964

Backbone, since your Linkedin page says that you are a former NC State Parole officer and State law emforcement officer, I respect and cannot disagree with your post. Nice Photo of you in your Military uniform. Proud of your accomplishments.

Oh well, that is OK then...

January 26, 2012 by Backbone (not verified), 3 years 17 weeks ago
Comment: 959

..sincce he has "AGREED TO BE A NICE GUY" and not rape anymore girls!

I am gonna go out and buy me a BIGGER gun!

Cause guess what, the NC DOC is gonna turn loose 15,000 inmates on parole to clean out the prisons!

Since these werte sentenced to prior to 1994, bet all of them will be those serving long term sentences for RAPE MURDER AND BURGLARY.

Aint it great to live in N.C>!

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