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Johnny Oscar Hawkins, Jr.
Courtesy of Nathan Key, District Attorney's Office, 36th Prosecutorial District

Lenoir Man Receives Minimum Six Year Prison Sentence After Entering Plea In Catawba County False Pretense Case

44-year-old Johnny Oscar Hawkins Jr. of Lenoir, will serve a prison sentence of six to nine years following his plea to three counts of obtaining property by false pretense and admission of habitual felon status. The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed terms of the plea arrangement during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (January 17).

Hawkins’ prison sentence length was enhanced because of prior felony convictions in Caldwell County for felony breaking/entering (September 2011), felony possession of stolen goods (February 2009) and obtaining property by false pretense (March 2003).

On three occasions between July 14, 2021, and July 21, 2021, Hawkins went into a Hickory business, took items off the sales floor without paying for them and took them to the return counter in exchange for gift cards. The defendant was seen making the returns/exchanges to gain the gift cards on the store’s video surveillance system.

As of earlier today (January 19), Hawkins was being held at the Catawba County Detention Facility. Cadyn Lafone investigated the cases for Hickory Police Department. Prosecution was handled by Assistant District Attorney Howard Wellons with aid from Legal Assistant Meredith Scott.