Johnston prosecutor receives award
Gregory C. Butler, an assistant district attorney in Johnston County, has received an award from the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation.
Butler received the Board of Directors’ Award for Outstanding Advocacy in Capital Cases for 2013-2014. Since the award’s inception in 1994, only one other North Carolina prosecutor has received the honor, which recognizes work for victims and their families.
Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle traveled to San Diego to see Butler receive the award. “I am so proud that Greg has been recognized on a national level for all of his hard work in the prosecution of capital cases,” she said. “Greg has devoted his entire career to bringing justice for victims of crime, most recently prosecuting the capital murder case of Jonathan Richardson.”
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Richardson received the death penalty for the murder of 4-year-old Teghan Skiba.
A native of Sampson County, Butler received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his career as a prosecutor in 1985 in Onslow, Sampson, Duplin and Jones counties.
Butler has been an assistant district attorney in Johnston County since 2006. He attended the awards ceremony with his wife, Alice. They have two sons, Clement and Harrison, and make their home in Roseboro.
$1 million winner
Ernest Thorb Jr. of Clayton is the fourth player to win the $1 million top prize in Millionaire 7’s, a state lottery game.
Thorb took the cash payment, worth $415,203 after required state and federal withholdings.
Tickets on sale
Tickets are on sale for the 150th anniversary reenactment of the Civil War battle at Bentonville.
Nearly 5,000 reenactors are expected to play the parts of Confederate and Union soldiers for a two-day re-creation of the battle next March 21-22. The actual battle involved 80,000 troops and took place over three days, March 19-21, 1865.
In addition to the daily battle reenactments, the weekend will include lectures, displays, house tours, period music and other events to commemorate the 150th anniversary. Only the battles require a ticket.
Advanced tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 9-12. After March 15, and at the gate if available, tickets will be $15 for adults and $10 for children 9-12. Children ages 8 and younger get in free. A discounted two-day ticket is available during advanced sales only. That ticket is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 9-12.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.150thbentonville.com, at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site or by calling 910-594-0789. Checks can be mailed to Bentonville 150th Event Tickets, P.O. Box 211, Newton Grove, N.C. 28366.