No appeal in Guffey campaign sign theft guilty verdict

District attorney Ted Bell with Wayne Guffey and Josh Valentine with Kerrick Hudson face Judge in court earlier in May.

RUTHERFORDTON — There will be no appeal of the guilty district court ruling by Judge Ali Paksoy in May that Kerrick Hudson stole a campaign sign of then candidate for sheriff Wayne Guffey. Defense attorney Josh Valentine had originally appealed the guilty verdict that was to be heard on Aug. 1, 2018.

Hudson’s original sentence of 45 days suspended to 12 month unsupervised probation and a $200 fine will stand.

In district court in May, Guffey testified on the theft of the original campaign sign and the use of a deer camera to monitor it. When a captured photo was made public on social media at the time the sign had disappeared, several people had identified the man as Kerrick Hudson, a member of the Word of Faith Fellowship church.

Josh Valentine, of the firm Caulder & Valentine Law Firm PLLC and as the defense attorney for Hudson, announced that the defendant’s case was to be remanded to the district court’s ruling.