Raleigh council candidate gets a prison term

Staff WriterAugust 12, 2011 

— A candidate for Raleigh City Council is expected to spend Election Day in federal prison.

Lent C. Carr II, 37, who is seeking the District C seat in the October election, was sentenced Thursday to seven months in prison for violating parole conditions of a 2000 fraud conviction.

In April 2000, Carr pleaded guilty to federal charges of bank fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. He also pleaded guilty to an arson charge, which was eventually vacated on appeal.

Carr served prison time after the conviction and was released in January 2009 on supervised parole, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Bryan Konig.

But in July, his probation officer filed a motion in federal court seeking to have Carr arrested and sent to prison. Among the reasons outlined in court documents:

Carr pleaded guilty in Wake County to simple assault on Nov. 30. The accusation related to his holding his teenage son down and biting his eyebrow. Carr was sentenced to a year of probation, a sentence he appealed.

Carr also failed to appear for mental health evaluations that his probation officer scheduled, according to the motion, and he did not show up for scheduled meetings with his probation officer.

As a result, U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard in Greenville determined Thursday, Carr violated the terms of the supervised release.

Edwin Walker, the assistant federal public defender representing Carr in the matter, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Carr, one of six candidates seeking the Raleigh District C seat, has faced a lengthy list of charges, including assault and writing bad checks.

Based on information Carr submitted to county elections officials, he was eligible to run in the October election.

But the sentencing Thursday could result in his being removed from the ballot if his candidacy is challenged by a voter in his district, said Cherie Poucher, director of the Wake County Board of Elections.

So far, that hasn't happened.

Questions about Carr's background have arisen over the course of his campaign.

In December, his website listed "key accomplishments," including degrees from Fayetteville State University and a business degree from Duke University. Both have since been removed from the site.

Staff writers Anne Blythe and Thomas Goldsmith and news researcher Peggy Neal contributed to this report.

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