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Convicted felon back at work for Robeson County

Posted October 23, 2008

— A former Robeson County sheriff's deputy who spent time behind bars is back at work for the county.

Ricky Britt worked for the county for about 20 years before he pleaded guilty in February to satellite piracy as part of Operation Tarnished Badge.

He was sentenced to three months in prison and three months of home confinement.

Last week, he started his new job, as a maintenance employee for the county water department.

A spokesman with the Robeson County Human Resources Department said the county has no policy prohibiting the hiring of convicted felons.

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  • my3cents Oct 23, 9:07 p.m.

    I agree, Christina. It's easier to get on welfare than it is to get a job these days. WHY IS THIS NEWS? At least he got a job and is making a living to support his family, it's not like he's a cop or in the line of duty enforcing what he made a bad choice of disobeying, he's a janitor for heaven's sake!!!

  • something2say Oct 23, 8:44 p.m.

    Good for him for not throwing away his life after some bad decisions. His choice was to find a job and make a living or become dependent on the Government to support him! At least he is being proactive! I wish more folks would go out there and get jobs so we wouldn't have them on the welfare/medicaid roles!

  • Crayzee1 Oct 23, 6:56 p.m.

    Does anyone realize what it constitutes to be felon? I mean really? If every convicted felon could never have a job, unemployement would sky rocket. It is such a blanket term, convicted felon. ANY CRIME you can spend a year or more of jail, is a felony. Big deal. Just because someone is a felon, that doesnt make them a rapist or murdered.

  • Corvus Oct 23, 6:18 p.m.

    You would be surprised at how many convicted felons are working for State Agencies or Local Counties!

  • christinathefern Oct 23, 6:09 p.m.

    Give me a break. He's served his time. Leave this man alone. He's just trying to earn a living for crying out loud. Or would ya'll rather he remain unemployed and not able to support his family? I know, let's just kill everyone convicted of a crime, that way we don't have to worry about them ever working again. Sheesh..oh yeah, WHY IS THIS NEWS??

  • mat1146 Oct 23, 5:22 p.m.

    i would think that the HR folks look into the background before they hire anyone to determine if an individual is qualified for a particular job. does your county have a cut and dry policy concerning all felons? bet not.

  • f6rider Oct 23, 5:00 p.m.

    You have to be kidding, no policy on hiring Felons?