Morganton man sentenced to serve at least 6 years on larceny, drug charges

A Morganton man has been sentenced to serve between six to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to breaking and entering a motor vehicle and multiple drugs charges. 

Corey Alan Hamby, 27, admitted his status as a habitual felon during Burke County Superior Court on Sept. 23 and was given an active prison sentence.

Hamby pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny.

That sentence was enhanced by Hamby’s habitual felon status brought on by three felony convictions in Burke County (May 2006, February 2009 and July 2012) for breaking or entering of a motor vehicle.

Authorities said the first drug offense occurred when Hamby was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, digital scales, baggies and rolling papers during a traffic stop conducted by Glen Alpine Police Department on June 28, 2014. 

A second offense occurred on Aug. 7, 2014, again during a traffic stop, this time conducted by officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Similar drug items were found again along with marijuana. 

On Dec. 30, 2015, Hamby broke into a vehicle and stole a camera that was found at a pawn shop after being sold by his girlfriend. There were pictures on the camera of Hamby and his girlfriend. 

Frank Webster handled prosecution of the cases for the District Attorney’s Office.