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Grand jury issues report, returns criminal indictments

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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 9:09 am

Fifth Judicial Circuit assistant district attorney Amy Newsome said the most significant indictment returned by the recent grand jury was the indictment of Robert Gary Sims Jr., 46, of 3552 County Road 30, Roanoke for murder in the death of his wife, Brenda H. Sims, 59.

Both Sims were reserve Randolph County deputies. At the time of her death it was termed to be an accident when a gun in the bag fired when they were going to practice shooting.

Of the 193 true bills many were drug sales, particularly in Roanoke. The sales were mainly marijuana, but there were some methamphetamine, cocaine and prescription drugs, like hydrocodone, Newsome said.

The number of true bills was about average. One person may face more than one charge. There are 110 to 115 on the arraignment docket who have already been arrested.

Plea day for those out on bond is Oct. 10, and for inmates Oct. 11. Criminal trial week will start Oct. 29.

Another high-profile case is that of James Samuel Norton Kepner, 28, of 1387 County Rd. 259, who is facing a 13-count indictment with multiple sexual charges from first-degree rape to first-degree sodomy, to sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old, to enticing a child to enter a building or vehicle for immoral purposes, to electronic solicitation to distributing pornographic material to a minor.

According to the May arrest report by Roanoke Police Department, Kepner was charged in connection with ongoing sexual abuse of a minor over a period of several years. The suspect had been a friend of the victim's family.

(For more from the Randolph County Grand Jury see the September 26 issue of The Randolph Leader.)

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