Local News

Durham Man Charged in Numerous Crimes During His Probation

Posted April 7, 2008
Updated April 21, 2008

— A man put on probation in 2005 has been arrested nine times since and is now wanted in a November shooting.

Michael Anthony Hudson Jr., 21, has been charged with 28 crimes, including drug trafficking, resisting an officer and being an accessory to murder. Nine of his arrests have occurred since he was put on probation for a drug conviction three years ago. Each time, he was allowed out on bond while awaiting trial.

Hudson was taken to court for failing to report to his probation officer, and court files show his two-year probation was extended by six months. It ends in two weeks.

He was among three people charged with a Nov. 17 drive-by shooting outside a North Alston Avenue convenience store.

Hudson's attorney couldn't be reached for comment Monday.

"When you have this sort of revolving door within the judicial system, no one is served," Durham City Councilman Eugene Brown said. "The status quo isn't working. Dramatic change is needed."

The state Division of Community Corrections began investigating the probation offices in Wake and Durham counties following the slayings of Eve Carson, the student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Abhijit Mahato, a Duke University graduate student. A 17-year-old charged in both deaths and a 21-year-old charged in Carson's death were on probation at the time.

Brown said the cases show the system is broken.

"We have a system here called probation, (but) it's really release," he said.

Durham city and county officials have called a special meeting Friday to discuss the probation problems, and many have indicated they plan to push state lawmakers to study and act on court system failures.

Durham County District Attorney David Saacks has requested that judges increase the bonds set for certain crimes to keep more violent criminals in jail while awaiting trial.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • NCMOMof3 Apr 9, 2008

    probation officers can only do so much. I agree with the poster that the courts are setting these guys back out on the streets but if they didn't set them back out on the streets until they could be proven guilty beyond every reasonable shred of evidence could be debated, proven, appealed, and proven again, then we'd have every civil rights group in the country up in arms defending them sayng their rights were trampled upon because,,,and you can pick a reason because they are many and varied. We have to stop worrying about the rights of criminals and worry more about our rights as law abiding citizens. Then and only then will we see our crime rate drop.

  • ice cream Apr 8, 2008

    DOG - Thank you for your 26 years of service as a police officer. I (and others) appreciate it!

  • neutral observer Apr 8, 2008

    The criminal justice system has become a money circus for attorneys. Its all about money! We need prisons and camps in the middle of hell! Places that are'nt so pleasant. If you try to escape, you will not survive the elements. That's what we need for these teenagers that just don't get it. Get their attention the first time. Its really logical, but if we deter crime with common sense solutions, attorneys will make less money! That just won't be allowed. Crime is not a problem for attorneys as long as its not in their neighborhoods or affects their families.

  • MarcoPolo Apr 8, 2008

    What's new(s) with this story? Criminals should be set free in Durham and LAX players should be arrested and left for rot in jail for 30 years for a crime that never happened.

    BTW- who would serve as mayor if they did pick up all the criminals?

  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 8, 2008

    Build larger prisons than if that is the problem. We throw money away what is not stolen. Use this money to build new prisons.

  • DOG Apr 8, 2008

    I retired in 1999 after 26 years as a police officer. This was going on then and will continue. We don't have enough prison cells and never will.

  • mrr03 Apr 8, 2008

    Probation/Parole Officer do a great job for the citizens of this State..Of course, like any other profession,legal or otherwise,you have an element that no matter what,they are not going to do professional things and handle their job responsibilities correct. When a Probation Officer takes an offender back to court for violations, in most cases the JUDGE continues the offender ON PROBATION no matter what the violation(s) were. Probation Officers are asked in most cases to do the impossible with offenders who are not going to abide by the law..Here is what is neede to correct the problem. PAY PROBATION OFFICER well..Provide adequate training..Smaller caseloads and SUPERVISORS who really know what supervision is instead of a pretense..I say to all Probation Officers ..Thanks for the job you do and keep up the good work.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 8, 2008

    snizzake: Why do you as well as others worry about what I say? I have a right to make comments just as you do? Can you make a comment without directing it back to that person? That tells me how many marbles you have in that brain of yours. Not many, I can assure you of that. The problem is you and others need to learn to agree to disagree. But no you cannot do that without blasting someone. First, you need to look at yourself, honey before you pass judgement on me or anyone else. For that matter, don't come on the board if it upsets you that much. Peace/Love

  • casp3r Apr 8, 2008

    "dataclerk, don't lie... really, are you "dependable"?? will you "do the job like its suppose to be done"?? Or, will you sit at the desk and play on the internet, leaving comments on WRAL blogs all day long, with your poor grammatical skills? seems like that is what you are doing right now, and have been doing for some time.

    I’m sorry but that was hilarious. Touché, got to love when someone gets called out.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 8, 2008

    snizzake: A pot cannot call the kettle black. Seems to me, pudding, you are doing the exact same thing. Maybe you are a copy-cat.lol But otherwise it is really none of your business how I work on the state clock. Get it.