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Angela Deneice James
Courtesy of Nathan Key, District Attorney Legal Assistant, 36th Prosecutorial District

Hickory Woman Sentenced To Minimum Of More Than Six Years In Drug Case

43-year-old Angela Deneice James of Hickory, will serve an active prison sentence of six years, eight months to nine years, six months following her conviction for multiple drug offenses. James was sentenced during Catawba County Superior Court Tuesday (February 7). The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the terms of the plea arrangement after James entered her guilty plea.

James pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine by possession and was given a sentence of 70 to 93 months followed by an additional 10 to 21 months for possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine. She will be required to pay a mandatory fine of $50,000 for the trafficking conviction.

Additionally, James was sentenced to serve eight to 19 months for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. She was given a sentence of 19 to 32 months for conspiracy to sell or deliver meth and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver meth. Those active sentences will be served concurrently with the sentence for the trafficking conviction.

The offenses James pleaded to occurred between November 7, 2020, and March 8, 2021, at various locations in the Hickory area. The cases were investigated by officers with Hickory Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Hayden Duncan handled prosecution for the State with assistance from Britnee Ulsamer.