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Cherryville officers sign plea deals in corruption case


Four of the six defendants involved in a corruption investigation linked to the Cherryville Police Department signed their guilty pleas in federal court Thursday morning.

Wesley Golden, Casey Crawford, David Mauney and Mark Ray Hoyle agreed to their plea deal in U.S. District Court after reaching a deal with prosecutors in December.

Rick Beam is the defense attorney who represents Wesley Golden who once worked with the Gaston County Sheriff's Office.

"We entered a plea for a conspiracy count and extortion under cover of a state title," Beam said. "He wonders how he got himself into this situation."

Mauney also pled guilty to money laundering.

He and his attorney left the federal court house with out taking questions from reporters.

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Defense attorney Larry Hewitt is handling the case for Mark Hoyle who is one of the accused.

Hewitt said, "He plead guilty today, pursuant to the three counts of the indictment, and his moving forward and is accepting responsibility for his conduct."

All of them pled guilty to conspiracy and trafficking stolen goods with carries a penalty of up to 25 years in prison and a fine of $500,000.

A date for the sentencing hearing has not been set.

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